Port­fo­lio com­mit­tee to come up with 5 names for in­terim SABC board

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE SABC could have an in­terim board soon af­ter Par­lia­ment has agreed on the five peo­ple to take over the reins af­ter the pre­vi­ous board col­lapsed.

Chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions Humphrey Max­eg­wana said yes­ter­day they would con­vene a meet­ing to de­cide on the five names.

How­ever, he would not say how soon the process would be fi­nalised.

Cur­rently, the ad hoc com­mit­tee into the SABC is fi­nal­is­ing its in­quiry into the prob­lems at the pub­lic broad­caster un­der the pre­vi­ous board.

The ad hoc com­mit­tee will call its last wit­nesses this Fri­day, and both are for­mer chairs of the SABC. Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tsha­bal­ala will ap­pear be­fore MPs on Fri­day.

The com­mit­tee has un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary to sub­mit its re­port to Par­lia­ment.

Max­eg­wana said the is­sue of ap­point­ing an in­terim board was a pri­or­ity for Par­lia­ment.

“In terms of the process it­self, the com­mit­tee will come up with five names,” he said.

He would not dis­cuss the names of peo­ple to be ap­pointed to the board as that will form part of the dis­cus­sions of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee.

“The ques­tion of the in­terim board is quite ur­gent; the sooner it’s there, the sooner the SABC will start to op­er­ate,” he said.

The law re­quires that some of the de­ci­sions of the SABC must be taken with the ap­proval of the board.

The SABC has been op­er­at­ing with­out a board af­ter all the mem­bers quit.

The broad­caster has been rocked by infighting since the board was ap­pointed in 2014.

Some of its for­mer mem­bers have given ev­i­dence be­fore the ad hoc com­mit­tee and de­tailed the dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ment in which they op­er­ated, and how they were hounded out of the SABC.

For­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng has been ac­cused by some of the ex-board mem­bers as the source of ten­sion and infighting in the board.

Max­eg­wana did not give the spe­cific dates for the ap­point­ment of the in­terim board.

In the past, the in­terim board was ap­pointed for six months, af­ter which a per­ma­nent board would be ap­pointed.

How­ever, in the past six years no per­ma­nent SABC board has com­pleted its full five-year term be­cause of infighting.

This has led to the in­ter­ven­tion of Par­lia­ment to dis­solve the pre­vi­ous boards.

The infighting has been so bad at the SABC that the Na­tional As­sem­bly amended the law to al­low for the ap­point­ment of an in­terim board.

De­spite the ap­point­ment of per­ma­nent boards later, the infighting kept rock­ing the SABC.

As soon as it’s there, the SABC will start to op­er­ate

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