Emotional scenes have erupted in the newsroom at Auckland Park on Tuesday afternoon, after senior journalists for SABC vowed to fight against the wave of mass retrenchments imposed upon their colleagues.
Chriselda Lewis, a leading figurehead of the network, was seen taking the fight right to the doorstep of the beleaguered broadcaster’s new management team. SABC has lost more than R500 million in the past financial year, and their TV licence collection revenue plummeted by 18%. However, stalwarts of the station are fighting for their rights:
NETWORK WILL ‘STOP ISSUING RETRENCHMENT LETTERS’
Some SABC staff even threatened to lead a ‘station blackout’ on Friday. Network spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo had previously stated that reducing staff was ‘part of a difficult but necessary restructuring process’ at the public broadcaster. Some 400 workers were issued with redundancy letters this week. That has prompted an epic fightback behind the scenes.
Indeed, it seems like the SABC staff have earned some early success through their brave acts of defiance:
— SABC News (@SABCNews) November 17, 2020