SABC Mess: Parliament Must Take Responsibility – Ex Board Member


The SABC mess keeps mounting up and someone thinks the Parliament should take more responsibility for all the disorder at the state broadcaster.

A former board member Bongani Khumalo told the Parliament on Tuesday to take responsibility for the condition of SABC. Khumalo who resigned from the SABC board in 2015 had several issues with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

“I would like to call upon the relevant structures of Parliament to take responsibility for what has happened at the [SABC]‚” said Khumalo.

According to Khumalo, the Parliamentary inquiry into the crisis at the public broadcaster should focus on the “attitudes and behaviour”.

In addition, he suggested that when appointing board members, MPs should be very meticulous. They should also offer some sort of training to the appointed individuals especially in terms of corporate governance principles.

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Khumalo told the Parliament that he resigned from the board last year after challenging the board’s controversial decision to support the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as a permanent chief operating officer in 2014.

Notably, Motsoeneng got the appointment irrespective of damning reports about him. The public protector had found that he fabricated a matric qualification‚ removed those he disagreed with from office. And oh, he also increased his salary from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year without following due process.

After making his voice heard on the matter, Khumalo said that he had received a letter in late December 2014 from Muthambi. In the letter, he was asked to state why he should not be recommended to the President for dismissal from the board.

Subsequently, Muthambi’s legal adviser Dan Mantsha later told him the letter was not meant to be sent to him. Khumalo later took a personal decision to resign.

The High Court in Cape Town ruled that Motsoeneng was not entitled to occupy any position at SABC until the public protector’s 2014 report is set aside or new disciplinary processes against him are finalized.

The court also labelled the initial disciplinary hearing that cleared Motsoeneng of any wrongdoing as “wholly inadequate.”

A testimony given by Madoda Shushu‚ a former SABC head of procurement‚ on Tuesday suggested that under Motsoeneng‚ maladministration‚ irregular expenditure fraud and abuse of power took the center stage. Thus, the SABC mess.

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