SABC: JZ listed as con­tact

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

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

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