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Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews quits

Jimi Matthews

Jimi Matthews

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 decisions 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 and has had stints at Reuters and Telkom Media.  — (c) 2016 NewsCentral Media



  1. CharlieTango on

    Great decision Jimi. Trying to work from within unfortunately doesn’t work when you are confronted with those that will not see.

  2. It is quite late, but rather late than never.
    I will always remember him as Head of News stating that expressions as Zumaville and Nkandlagate were not to be used on the SABC, shortly after the Nkandla story broke into the mainstream media around Aug 2012.

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  4. Magomarele Gomi Thobejane on

    None are so blind as those who cannot see. Cry my beloved Country…as Jacob Zuma’s cronies plunder every little flesh still hanging by the bone.

  5. Now I want to know what Motsoeneng has to say. Probably something like, “everything is fine, no problem here”.

  6. Well its closing into the day where everyone will shout “I’m sick and tired of this and I’m not taking it anymore” ANC is a charade of selfishly greed people leading the blindness and ignorant masses. “Siege Heil Zuma”

  7. Jimi Matthews was not the hero at all. My impression for along time.
    Read the article on BDlive : Jimi Matthews was no hero at the SABC, says journalist group FJT

    The SABC should be fully privatised , just like Sentech. TV licenses should be scrapped immediately.

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