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The SABC, one of the few public entities on a strong recovery path after years of decline, has been thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after the dismissal of its head of news, Phathiswa Magopeni, amid allegations of political and editorial interference.

Critics say the saga is reminiscent of the dark days under disgraced former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng when staff were routinely hounded for fighting back against interference. It is proving to be an unnecessary distraction for many SABC board members as they enter the final ten months of their five-year tenure, not least because it is more of a day-to-day management issue and not a board responsibility...

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