On the 31st of May 2018, the SABC Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (AGCEO), Ms Nomsa Philiso hosted staff rediffusion to inform employees of the establishment of two high-level Commissions of Inquiry to tackle the issues of sexual harassment and editorial interference be it political, business and commercial.
The rediffusion took place at the M1 Studios and followed by a media conference at the Ground Floor Auditorium, Radio Park.
In both her addresses, the AGCEO outlined that the commissions, which are set to commence on Friday, the 01st of June, are meant to afford all employees, Independent contractors, suppliers and the public with a platform to report their experiences relating to interference and sexual harassment.
Ms Philiso also committed that the establishment of these commissions of inquiry are efforts towards a renewal process in order to restore the SABC’s credibility as an employer of choice. She indicated that this will lead to a safe and conducive working environment for all staff members to execute their duties effectively without interference, fear, suppression, intimidation, and any form of harassment.
“The commissions will be corporate-wide endeavours that are not inquisitorial, but are aimed at assisting the corporation to deal with serious instances of abuse of power. We also want the SABC to be a place where the public broadcasting mandate is reaffirmed and celebrated. Above all, it is our desire to re-establish trust with our stakeholders and the public to whom we have a mandate to fulfil. ” she stated.
The two Commissions will be led by highly respected and experienced individuals who have been selected particularly for this purpose. The AGCEO emphasised that all submissions will be dealt with in outmost confidence. Should staff members prefer to remain anonymous, there will also be boxes placed in all entrances of SABC including Provinces to report matters affecting them.
Further information will be shared to get more First Citizens to participate.
Use the boxes allocated in Radio Park, TV Centre and all Provincial offices’ entrances to make your submissions.
By Mahlatse Rampjapedi
Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana