SABC’s Communications Minister Ayando Dlodlo says that James Aguma is no longer the acting CEO of the SABC.
The minister announced this to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) saying will be replaced by Tsheliso Ralitabo
According to her also, Aguma was removed because the current governance at the public broadcaster couldn’t continue as the broadcaster’s general executive for technology Ralitabo will now resume as the broadcaster’s acting CEO
Aguma, who is still chief financial officer (CFO), wasn’t present at the meeting as he has been absent due to illness since Monday, the committee heard.
Speaking on the new executive change, Mathatha Tsedu, deputy chairperson of the interim SABC board noted that an affidavit provided by Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s lawyers had Aguma saying he had given permission to Motsoeneng to hold his controversial press conference last month.
Hlaudi organised a press conference despite being stripped of his title as chief operations officer at the public broadcaster after a court set aside his appointment.
James Aguma also stated in the Affidavit that the board had decided not to take disciplinary steps against Motsoeneng in relation to this. Tsedu noted the board had, in fact, decided to institute disciplinary steps, which will be heard this Wednesday, and that James Aguma had been part of that meeting.
DA MP Tim Brauteseth said there should be steps taken against Aguma because of this.
The news about Aguma’s dethronement as SABC CEO comes days after he proposed for the Broadcasting Act to be changed so that people who view content on devices other than a TV will also have to pay license fees.
This, according to him will help in saving the broadcaster from the financial crisis as the broadcaster looks onto the National treasury for assistance to the tune of around R1 billion.
Aguma blamed poor economic growth and Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s local content policy as the reason for revenue losses at the public broadcaster and noted that litigation costs were another drain on the SABC’s coffers.