In the wake of the controversies surrounding the state broadcaster, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications says it will have an emergency meeting with embattled SABC Board.
The meeting between the committee and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board will focus on the latest development at the public broadcaster. Apparently, it has to do with the court decision against former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
The embattled SABC board is getting the opportunity to explain itself before the Parliament. Thus, committee Chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana says the committee will only arrive at a conclusion after the board has explained itself.
“Initially in terms of the programme of Parliament, we were supposed to meet them in November but because of the developments, we will have to call them much earlier than that so that we can hear from them so that we can take a decision thereafter. I understand other organisations have taken a view; of course, understandably they can’t call the board. We can call the board that is why we cannot take a decision before meeting the board.”
Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled to uphold the Western Cape High Court judgment earlier this year. The High Court ruled that Motsoeneng’s appointment as the COO of the public broadcaster was irrational and must be set aside.
Nevertheless, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has thrown its weight behind embattled Motsoeneng.
Though the league claims to respect the decision of the court, it also upholds the fact that the SABC did remarkably well under Motsoeneng’s leadership.
“Whether there is matric or no matric, whatever you say, we want Hlaudi to be the COO of SABC and we call on the board to make the right decision. They have already made the right decision. What they need to do now is to follow the right process. That is the only thing.”
Meanwhile, during a tribute at Mandoza’s burial last week, Motsoeneng said he was dismissed because he was empowering workers at the SABC. The embattle COO is now an ordinary employee of the SABC.