Tshepi Nthinya, the secretary of the steering committee of the station, said they decided not to protest, but to fight the move in the boardroom.
“What is happening at Soweto TV is painful, and it’s frustrating. We want Soweto TV back because it is about community legacy and empowerment. Right now, it is not empowering, but oppressing,” Nthinya said.
But Soweto TV board chairperson Spencer Malongete said the station has been mismanaged for a decade and was in the verge of liquidation when all members of the board resigned with immediate effect, leaving only one member.
He said Icasa instructed the remaining member to properly institute a team of directors who will stabilise the channel and take it forward.
“The new board appointed an investigator and discovered that Soweto TV has not been compliant with Icasa in terms of news and factual content.
“The channel accumulated an unpaid Sars bill amounting to more than R14m,” Malongete said.
“There was no performance management or monitoring of contracts to measure deliverables and accountability. The channel had an excessive amount of repeats in 2017, 2018 and 2019 with constant incorrect electronic programme guide for viewers.”
He said the board decided to appoint Molefe as an acting CEO and he has been making changes.