Fingers crossed that, just for once, Hlaudi Motsoeneng is right. This week, the SABC’s embattled chief operating officer vowed that “those who want to destabilise the SABC, they won’t succeed”. If he truly means it, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Because it implies that we can soon expect his own resignation, followed promptly by that of communications minister Faith Muthambi. These two, after all, sit at the epicentre of the swirling forces destabilising the public broadcaster today.Icasa, the communications regulator, ruled this week that Motsoeneng’s edict to not broadcast violent protests violated the Broadcasting Act and SA’s right to freedom of expression.(Motsoeneng’s reasoning, that to do so “might encourage other communities to do the same” was classically muddled. Would this mean, for example, that we shouldn’t expose corruption, because it’ll just encourage others to follow that example?)Throw in the fact that he is “disciplining” eight reporters for questioning tha...

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