SABC hold-up a tac­ti­cal de­lay?

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

PAR­LIA­MENT has worked in­cred­i­bly hard, not just to hold our be­lea­guered pub­lic broad­caster to ac­count, but also to play a con­struc­tive role in putting it back to­gether again.

The dead wood has been ex­cised, cross-bench pres­sure has led to a hero­ically in­com­pe­tent min­is­ter be­ing re­de­ployed from this all-im­por­tant port­fo­lio, and an in­terim board ap­pointed in record time.

Now, though, it ap­pears as if all this might have been in vain. The pres­i­dent ap­pears to be dither­ing in nam­ing the 12-mem­ber board, and along with that its lead­er­ship. This, in turn, holds up the ap­point­ment process for key ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions at the SABC.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo told Par­lia­ment’s stand­ing com­mit­tee that she was un­happy with the nom­i­na­tions she had re­ceived from the in­terim board, de­spite the in­terim board hav­ing pre­vi­ously told the same com­mit­tee that the ap­pli­cants were highly skilled.

We ac­cept the min­is­ter’s con­cerns that it is she who will carry the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the SABC if the new board and ex­ec­u­tive fail.

How­ever, there are those who firmly be­lieve that the de­lays could be tac­ti­cal, es­pe­cially as we edge ever closer to the ANC’s all-im­por­tant De­cem­ber elec­tive con­fer­ence.

The SABC has to get on track. It is a na­tional as­set with the great­est reach of any of our me­dia, but to do so it needs a duly ap­pointed board, one em­pow­ered to lead.

Ev­ery day that goes by with­out the con­fir­ma­tion of this board by the pres­i­dent, es­pe­cially given the royal mess that the pre­vi­ous board made, sug­gests ul­te­rior mo­tives.

It’s a dan­ger­ous gam­bit to take in a so­ci­ety on a knife edge – es­pe­cially if th­ese de­lays are not de­lib­er­ate, but the re­sult of ad­min­is­tra­tive in­com­pe­tence.

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