During an emergency meeting of Parliament’s communications portfolio committee with the SABC board members on Wednesday, two of the board members distanced themselves from the presentation.
While the SABC board members were doing a presentation to MPs to justify the reappointment of its former boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng as group executives for corporate affairs, Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso tendered their resignations‚ saying the board was dysfunctional.
The duo announced to the MPs that they were not party to the presentation, adding that Hlaudi’s appointment was highly unlawful. Thus, the embattled board‚ which is on the brink of being dissolved is now vulnerable. With only four members, it cannot reach a quorum or take important decisions. The board is originally meant to have 12 members‚ and needs nine of them for a quorum.
Since 2014‚ members of the board have either been axed or resigned while some left the broadcaster to take up higher positions. Last year, Rachel Kildass‚ Ronnie Lubisi and Hope Zinde were sacked.
Meanwhile, legislators on Wednesday condemned Motsoeneng’s controversial appointment as group executive for corporate affairs. Also, the top decision-making body of the ruling party – ANC’s national executive committee‚ earlier this week demanded that the SABC board remove Motsoeneng from his position. Nevertheless, the SABC board members refused to heed the calls to sack him.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi‚ who has been an ardent supporter of the former chief operating officer‚ was part of the delegation briefing MPs on Wednesday.
Going by the public protector’s report on the matter, ANC MP Mondli Gungubele said Motsoeneng is not qualified for any position at the SABC.
“My understanding is that you [the SABC board] were supposed to implement‚ not review‚ the public protector’s recommendations … the public protector reports have been found to be binding and have a legal effect. Yours is to implement. If you cannot implement‚ you take it on review‚” said Gungubele.
EFF MP Floyd Shivambu added;
“We are sitting here with an illegal appointee at the SABC … even if he was appointed as a sweeper [it would still be illegal] … the board must be instructed to reverse the appointment because such an appointment is illegal and constitutes maladministration‚” said Shivambu.
DA MP James Selfe suggested that Motsoeneng’s reappointment as group executive for corporate affairs was out of place considering the numerous court judgments against him and the findings by the public protector.