DA wants Zuma to ap­point SABC board im­me­di­ately

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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.

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