SABC in­terim board to be picked by con­sen­sus

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA mayibongwe.maqhina@inl.co.za

THE com­mu­ni­ca­tions port­fo­lio com­mit­tee has agreed on the need to reach con­sen­sus on the names of five peo­ple to be nom­i­nated to serve on the in­terim SABC board.

The par­ties will this week sub­mit the names of their pre­ferred can­di­dates to the Chief Whips Fo­rum, which will meet next week to agree on the “con­sen­sus names”.

Once the chief whips reach con­sen­sus, the names will be brought to the com­mit­tee for dis­cus­sion and adop­tion be­fore rec­om­men­da­tions are made to Speaker Baleka Mbete.

This was agreed on after the com­mit­tee unan­i­mously noted the ur­gency to ap­point the in­terim board, and that the SABC ex­ec­u­tives were tak­ing de­ci­sions that could be il­le­gal.

The in­terim board will have a term of not more than six months, and there is no need to ad­ver­tise and con­duct in­ter­views for the po­si­tions.

“For this one we need to dis­cuss how we bring names to the ta­ble,” com­mit­tee chair Humphrey Max­eg­wana said.

DA MP James Selfe said dis­cus­sions on the names should start next week.

“I’m wor­ried that some de­ci­sions taken by the ex­ec­u­tives may be chal­lenged. I urge the com­mit­tee to pro­ceed with the ap­point­ment of the board as rapidly as pos­si­ble,” Selfe said.

His sen­ti­ments were echoed by the ANC’s Mzi­wa­madoda Kalako. “This is ur­gent. The board is not there. What is hap­pen­ing is that only the ex­ec­u­tives take de­ci­sions,” he said.

Kalako also said the ap­point­ment of the in­terim board should be speeded up so that the yet to be ap­pointed per­ma­nent board did not find it­self with “things and steps dif­fi­cult to re­verse”.

The EFF’s Floyd Shivambu said it would be best if the nom­i­nees’ names were sub­jected to the con­sul­ta­tion of the chief whips.

“We are not in­ter­view­ing, (so) at least use that plat­form of chief whips to find com­mon ground on the five names. If we don’t find one an­other, that will be sad,” Shivambu said.

The Chief Whips Fo­rum is ex­pected to meet by Wed­nes­day next week at the lat­est.

“This week, par­ties are to come with names. Next week, names will be taken to the whips fo­rum,” Max­eg­wana said. “We’ll or­gan­ise a meet­ing to look at those names.”

If we don’t find one an­other, that will be sad’

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