The recent turn of events at the SABC does not only bode ill for the survival and health of the corporation, it also sends a warning that sorting out parastatals and generally cleaning up the mess, entitlement and corruption of the past decade will be more than a mammoth task.

And those who genuinely believe that the government is serious about turning over a new leaf — and may therefore be tempted to offer their services — should think again. Events at the SABC offer a cautionary tale.

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