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Sanef editors praise CEO Jimi Matthews for quitting the SABC

The executive did not mince words in his resignation letter, which he posted on Twitter.

Three senior South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists have requested an urgent meeting with Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for clarity that they have described as “unconstitutional pronouncements” that have “eroded the credibility of the SABC”. “We fear that more key people of the calibre of Mr Matthews will also be leaving as they are being instructed to compromise on the journalistic values they hold so dear, such as freedom of press and objective, unbiased reporting”.

“It is with great sadness that I tender my immediate resignation”, he wrote in the letter, which is addressed to SABC board chairman Obert Maguvhe.

He said he had become complicit in decisions which he had not been proud of.

Matthews said recent changes at the broadcaster were wrong and he had compromised his values under the current leadership.

Motsoeneng has come under a barrage of criticism since announcing last month that the broadcaster would no longer show violent protests on television, as it could encourage others to do the same.

What is happening at the 5ABC is wrong and I can no longer be a part of It.

However, many South Africans are calling for the resignation of the Chief Operating Officer of SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who is blamed to be behind the policy.

He tweeted a picture of his resignation letter, saying the corrosive atmosphere at the SABC has impacted negatively on his moral judgement.

“However, living under the ANC’s increasing autocracy, court judgments don’t matter and public opinion has no currency”, Bloem said.

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“I also wish to apologise to the many people who I’ve let down by remaining silent when my voice needed to be heard”, Matthews said.

SABC journalists: Fear, low staff morale, public criticism mounting