Kubayi sup­ports bill on SABC board num­bers

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS Min­is­ter Mmaloko Kubayi has thrown her weight be­hind the con­tro­ver­sial bill that seeks to re­duce the num­ber of board mem­bers for the SABC.

The bill, in­tro­duced in Par­lia­ment by Kubayi’s pre­de­ces­sor, Faith Muthambi, wants the num­ber of non-executive board mem­bers re­duced from 12 to nine, and the re­quired quo­rum re­duced from nine to seven. It also wants to give power to the min­is­ter to rec­om­mend to the pres­i­dent the ap­point­ment and re­moval of board mem­bers, a power that now lies with Par­lia­ment.

Th­ese amend­ments sparked ou­trage when the bill was tabled two years ago, with po­lit­i­cal par­ties and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions say­ing it was a ploy to turn the SABC into a state broad­caster.

Speak­ing dur­ing a ques­tion ses­sion in Par­lia­ment this week, Kubayi said she sup­ported the re­duc­tion of non-executive mem­bers as pro­posed in the bill.

“My rea­sons to sup­port (the bill) is be­cause of issues of quo­rum. At times it makes it dif­fi­cult to func­tion,” she said. Kubayi also said cost im­pli­ca­tions were a fac­tor for her sup­port.

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