Mot­soe­neng ‘doesn’t un­der­stand’ SABC board se­lec­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

PAR­LIA­MENT has hit back at be­lea­guered Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng for ques­tion­ing the pro­cess of the in­sti­tu­tion in ap­point­ing the SABC board.

Chair­man of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions Humphrey Max­eg­wana said yes­ter­day there was noth­ing wrong with the pro­cess.

This week Mot­soe­neng, who is now the head of cor­po­rate af­fairs at the broad­caster, crit­i­cised the pro­cess, say­ing it was was wrong and must be scrapped.

He said mem­bers of the com­mit­tee ap­pointed peo­ple who were serv­ing their po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.

But Max­eg­wana said this was un­true and Mot­soe­neng did not un­der­stand the pro­cess.

He said Par­lia­ment had pro­cesses to ap­point the SABC board and the pres­i­dent gave his fi­nal ap­proval to the board.

Max­eg­wana said if Mot- soe­neng felt the pro­cess was wrong, the pres­i­dent was wrong in ap­prov­ing the board.

“We are rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple of South Africa in Par­lia­ment,” he said.

Mot­soe­neng at­tacked Par­lia­ment and ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu over the SABC.

His at­tack comes a few days be­fore Par­lia­ment be­gins an in­quiry into the SABC board’s fit­ness to hold of­fice. There are now three re­main­ing board mem­bers who will face the in­quiry, af­ter for­mer deputy chair­woman Leah Khu­malo re­signed a week ago.

Kr­ish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso re­signed from the board dur­ing a hear­ing in Par­lia­ment a few weeks ago. Oth­ers who left in­clude Rachel Kal­i­dass, Ron­nie Lu­bisi and the late Hope Zinde.

All three had com­plained they were purged be­cause they did not back the ap­point­ment of Mot­soe­neng.

Max­eg­wana said the in­quiry would be held over three days from Novem­ber 8-11.

Par­lia­ment’s le­gal ser­vices has in­ter­viewed 18 wit­nesses who will give ev­i­dence against the re­main­ing board mem­bers.

Max­eg­wana would not give the names of the wit­nesses, but said they in­clude for­mer group ex­ec­u­tives and ex-SABC board mem­bers.

In her re­port in 2014 for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon- sela found Mot­soe­neng had purged many staff mem­bers at the SABC.

The SABC has posted a loss of R411 mil­lion in the past fi­nan­cial year.

This was an in­crease over the fi­nan­cial loss of R395m in the 2014/15 fi­nan­cial year and a loss of more than R500m in the pre­vi­ous year.

The au­di­tor- gen­eral has also given the SABC qual­i­fied au­dit opin­ions in the past five years.

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