SABC board cries foul and defends Motsoeneng

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SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe speaks during the corporation's press conference afterthe ICASA ruling on July 11, 2016 in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG - The SABC board says it's going nowhere.

It was responding to calls from members of Parliament that it steps down.

But, board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe says they won't succumb to bullying.

“In order for me to not keep you in suspense, let the inquiry come. I’m ready for it so it means I’m going nowhere,” a defiant Maghuve said at a media briefing in Johannesburg.

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Maghuve lashed out at Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, who on Wednesday resolved to institute an inquiry into the fitness of the board to hold office after being briefed by the SABC board on its decision to appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng to the senior post of chief executive for corporate affairs. 

His appointment to the new post came after the Supreme Court of Appeal would not entertain an appeal of a high court decision invalidating his appointment as chief operating officer.

Maghuve said MPs had treated him unfairly.

“To show that the members of the portfolio committee were not objective, when I was listening to their deliberations, one member of Cope said we must ensure by hook or crook that the board is dissolved. What does that mean? It means they will use whatever tactics is there, whether right or wrong, to make sure the board leaves,” he said.

“These are bullying tactics and it can’t be allowed in our country for parliamentarians to use bullying tactics.”

Maghuve also took aim at members Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso who during Wednesday’s meeting at Parliament dropped a bombshell by resigning, distancing themselves from controversial decisions taken by the board.

Maguvhe says they are not who they claim they are.

Naidoo and Mavuso quit after distancing themselves from the board presentation to the communications portfolio committee.

“It’s their prerogative to do so, but those members who were praised for being brave and honest and professional, maybe parliament doesn’t know their other side, maybe the portfolio committee doesn’t want to know their other side," Maguvhe said.

"Last year I was called by someone from a newspaper. That someone said to me, 'the leaks that we get are from your board members," he added.

Maguvhe says it's too early to decide on court action. Yesterday Parliament's communications portfolio committee recommended that the board be dissolved.

 

 

When it came time for SABC Group Executive of Corporate Affairs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng to address the media, he said that although he values education, people should not be judged on their qualifications, but on whether they can deliver.

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He added he has no plans to go back to school.

Motsoeneng had some strong words for the media.

“People are very afraid, when they see a very strong person, they try to defocus him. You are not going to defocus me, and you as media, I want to tell you, in Hlaudi you have a different person…I’m not a coward.” - Additional reporting: African News Agency