Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews has resigned, saying recent changes at the broadcaster are “wrong” and he has compromised his values under the current leadership.
Matthews posted a picture of his resignation letter on Twitter on Monday morning, indicating his decision to leave the SABC following widespread changes under COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
“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 side-lines.”
Matthews said the “corrosive atmosphere” had impacted negatively on his moral judgement, and made him complicit in decisions he “was not proud of”.
“I also wish to apologise to the many people who I’ve let down by remaining silent when my voice needed to be heard,” his letter continued.
“What is happening at the SABC is wrong and I can no longer be a part of it.”
Attempts to contact Matthews were unsuccessful at the time of publication.
I have quit the SABC. pic.twitter.com/ZIwa7K5z9c
— jimi matthews (@jimimatthews) June 27, 2016
South Africa Twitter has responded with the utmost respect for Mr Matthews.
Best decision. You will inspire others
— Peter Van Deeman (@PetetVanDeeman) June 27, 2016
well done, great respect for you
— Flightline Weekly (@FlyWarlock) June 27, 2016
Proud of Jimi Matthews for leaving the SABC.Hlaudi is a one man wrecking ball. The SABC board are all complicit in this mess.
— PAUL Willemse (@paultfwillemse) June 27, 2016
I'm glad Jimi Matthews decided to follow his moral judgement and stop being complicit in Fawlty Towers shenanigans. pic.twitter.com/LSb6f2w1mn
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) June 27, 2016