Probe me­dia agency, say MPs

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MPs have called for a full-scale in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sham­bolic state of the Me­dia De­vel­op­ment and Di­ver­sity Agency (MDDA) fol­low­ing a re­port on the agency by com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo and her deputy‚ Thandi Ma­ham­behlala.

Dlodlo and Ma­ham­behlala painted a grim pic­ture at the body that was set up to pro­mote me­dia di­ver­sity and de­velop com­mu­nity ra­dio.

Dlodlo and her deputy were called to ac­count by the Na­tional As­sem­bly’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions af­ter board mem­bers and ex­ec­u­tives pre­sented con­flict­ing re­ports a fort­night ago.

ANC MP Lerumo Kalako said it was clear there was “war” at the MDDA and that a foren­sic probe was re­quired into the af­fairs of the agency.

Ma­ham­behlala said she stopped work­ing with the three-per­son board be­cause it was not le­gal.

She claimed MDDA staff mem­bers were be­ing “ter­rorised” by the chair­man of the board‚ Phe­lisa Nkomo. — Ba­balo Ndenze


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