Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews
Johannesburg, June 2016 – Veteran journalist and SABC acting CEO Jimi Matthews quit on June 27, saying he could “no longer be a part of” of the “wrong” things that were happening at the state-owned broadcaster, according to a report by Tech Central, a South African news and information resource. It quoted him as saying in his letter of resignation that, “For many months I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside, passing comment from the sidelines.
“In the process, the prevailing, corrosive atmosphere has impacted negatively on my moral judgment and has made me complicit in many decisions which I am not proud of. I wish also to apologise to the many people who I’ve let down by remaining silent when my voice needed to be heard.”
The Media Workers Association of South Africa (MWASA) said in a statement, “The news of the resignation by Matthews is a sad indictment on the failures of South Africa to meet the aspirations of our deserving people.”