At a time when the economy is bleeding jobs and the government’s priority is to take millions of South Africans off the unemployment queue, it is easy to see why the state-owned public broadcaster’s proposal to slash 13% of its workforce is painful and makes for bad politics.

And grandstanding by Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the communications minister, is also a striking example of a wider tendency for the government to do nothing about its failed economic model and foundering state-owned enterprises even as the country’s sovereign debt rating sinks deeper into junk territory.   ..

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