DA wants Zuma to appoint SABC board immediately
CAPE TOWN – The DA has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint the SABC board immediately.
This after the interim board's term expired on Tuesday, without Zuma bothering to appoint the board recommended to him by Parliament three weeks ago.
In a statement from the presidency on Tuesday, it said Zuma was "still applying his mind".
DA MP Phumzile van Damme said in a statement released on Wednesday the work of the permanent board is especially important in the wake of the SABC’s annual report for the 2016/17 financial year. "The report paints a grim picture about the state of the SABC’s financial affairs," said Van Damme.
"The SABC's contingent liabilities currently stand at R956.7m, which the report flags as a major risk to the broadcaster. This is due to the corporation currently being embroiled in a number of lawsuits. This exorbitant amount could potentially cripple the already ailing SABC," she said. Van Damme is also concerned about: - Recorded losses of R997m after taxes;
- Fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R145.99m;
- Irregular expenditure of R4.4bn, of which R514.95m was due to procurement policies not being followed;
- Hlaudi Motsoeneng's bonus R11.5m for 2016/17 financial year; and total director and key personnel's compensation - R79.71m.
"Thus, there cannot be any delays. President Zuma must appoint the board immediately to ensure that they get to work on restoring the SABC back to the world-class broadcaster it once was," said Van Damme. Van Damme also wants the SABC and Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo to engage Parliament on the SABC’s financial recovery.