SABC: JZ listed as contact
IT HAS emerged that the CV of one of the candidates vying for a position on the SABC board listed President Jacob Zuma and several cabinet ministers as references.
Cikizwa Dingi, an entrepreneur who previously worked in the office of then ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu, was being interviewed yesterday by Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications.
Dingi said the person who nominated her had submitted an old CV and she had subsequently submitted her new CV with new references.
Her first CV listed her references as Zuma, Social Development Minister and ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.
Dingi denied that she was trying to show the committee that she had high political connections to secure a seat on the board.
“I could have hidden the references and by not really mentioning that I worked at Luthuli House in communications, it is not an issue. I am not a politician…”
Her second CV omits the president’s name, but still includes Dlamini and Sisulu, and Mthembu.“I could have put other references and hidden these leaders who happen to be politically (sic) when the SABC is all about transparency,” said Dingi.
MPs hammered her about her embarrassing appointment of a dodgy sign language interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, during the memorial offor Nelson Mandela. His poor interpretation caused an outcry and it was soon discovered Jantjie was a “troubled” individual.
It was reported in 2014 that Dingi’s then employer had suspended her over the fiasco.
“I am not aware of any suspension or any allegations,” said Dingi, adding that she believed her “exercise of today” was that of being available for the SABC board.
EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi asked committee chair Humphrey Maxegwana to send Dingi home because she was avoiding answering specific questions. The DA also raised objections. Both were overruled. – ANA