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Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews quits

Says can no longer be part of public broadcaster.

Veteran journalist and SABC acting CEO Jimi Matthews has quit, saying in his resignation letter that what is happening at the state-owned broadcaster is “wrong” and that he can “no longer be a part of it”.

Matthews tweeted a copy of his resignation letter on Monday morning.

“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.

“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,” he wrote.

“In the process, the prevailing, corrosive atmosphere has impacted negatively on my moral judgment and has made me complicit in many decision which I am not proud of,” he continued.

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

Matthews has been head of news at the SABC since 2012. He has also worked as head of news at e.tv and has had stints at Reuters and Telkom Media.

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Don’t blame him, SABC censorship now makes the old regime censorship look like a violent porn show.

Everywhere one looks, there is strife and turmoil. And, it will not subside until we have leadership change and even bigger upheavals in municipal and government leadership circles leading up to and then following the municipal elections in just over 5 weeks time.

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