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SABC has been paying salaries: board chair

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Johannesburg – SABC interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama says the public broadcaster has been paying salaries contrary to reports that the broadcaster has been struggling to pay some staff members.

Kweyama said the SABC does at some point "have to rob Peter to pay Paul" but it was not true that some have gone unpaid.

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SABC chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama announced that former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been dismissed after a disciplinary hearing. Picture: Getrude Makhafola/ANA

The board has reached an agreement with independent producers outlining a payment plan, Kweyama said during a media briefing on Monday.

The decision on a bailout for the SABC is still being considered by the Minister of Communication Ayanda Dlodlo.

It has been rumoured that the SABC has asked for billions to be bailed out of its troubles.

The SABC board also made other crucial announcement such the scrapping of the policy to ban the broadcasting of violent visuals on news programmes.

Hlaudi Mostoneng was also fired by the board following a disciplinary hearing into his conduct after he held a media briefing in April where he insulted the SABC interim board and Parliament.

The board is also in talks with Multi-Choice on the leasing of the SABC's archives.

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