I nearly choked on my breakfast on Sunday when I read the lead story in City Press. Apparently the new minister of communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, appointed just two weeks ago, is now at war with the perfectly solid and noncriminal board of the SA Broadcasting Corp (SABC), for doing its job and trying to save money by cutting its bloated wage bill. I don’t know much about Ndabeni-Abrahams. She apparently stood with President Cyril Ramaphosa during his campaign to succeed Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in 2017. She is also married to a guy who has some clout in the ANC Youth League, a body Ramaphosa will be relying on for support in the years ahead. Like me, she was born in Mthatha, which should make her sensible and thoughtful. But sadly it appears not. The SABC board a few months ago began privately briefing political parties about the mess they had inherited from the time there of Zuma’s court jester, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Audiences were dwindling, money had been lost or stolen. I...

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