Parliament to re-advertise SABC board memberships

PARLIAMENT – Parliament on Tuesday said it will re-advertise three of the vacancies at the troubled SABC board, including that of former chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala, despite having previously short listed five candidates.

Chairwoman of the portfolio committee on communications Joyce Moloi-Moropa said, “We do need a re-advertisement and that advertisement will be running from the end of the month to mid-October. That is the positions of Ellen Tshabalala, Bongani Khumalo and Thembinkosi Bonakele.”

The decision was taken in June after the committee was disappointed by the quality of the applications it received for the three posts.

Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis raised the issue of three other vacancies on the board which have not been advertised left by the contested removal of Hope Zinde, Rachel Kalidass and Ronnie Lubisi.

Davis insisted that it was pointless advertising board memberships until the committee had resolved a bitter political row over their removal, embroiling Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

“We need to clean up the mess created by the removal of these three. We cannot separate the two issues. We will again not get good candidates because people know that they will have no security of tenure if they can be removed at a whim by the board, with the backing of the minister,” said Davis.

Moloi-Moropa implored him to drop the issue, saying he had no right to introduce something that was not on the agenda.

ANC MP David Kekana said even if the legal opinion were correct he believed the removal of the three remained lawful because none of them had objected within the given time frame.

However, this is contested as letters have been leaked to show that Zinde did write to Moloi-Moropa to object.

Zinde’s correspondence suggested that board members were being purged because they had dared oppose SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

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