Kubayi supports bill on SABC board numbers
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.