Noting that the delay in appointing a permanent board for the SABC was unlawful, unconstitutional and tantamount to undermining the National Assembly, R2K notes with concern that President Jacob Zuma has appointed loyalists to lead the SABC board.
The chairperson, Bongumusa Makhathini, is currently the chairperson of one of the Zuma family’s foundations (the Ngema-Zuma Foundation). Makhatini’s Deputy Chair, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, while she was part of the interim Board that did a sterling job, is a close associate of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and is herself a candidate for a place on the ANC’s National Executive Council, which is a cause of concern.
We are relieved that the SABC now has a Board. The SABC, though, still only has acting executives including acting Chief Operations Officer Bessie Tugwana and the controversial acting Group Chief Executive Officer Nomsa Philiso, who the (outgoing) Minister of Communications gave extraordinary powers without even informing Parliament.
R2K reiterates that the minister should have had no hand in appointing SABC executives. This has been confirmed by the High Court ruling in the case of SOS/ Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI)/ Media Monitoring Africa and R2K versus the Minister of Communications. The outgoing minister was in contravention of the Broadcasting Act and consistently undermined the independence of the SABC. Once again we have had to fall back on the courts to defend our democracy. We also note that there have been seven Ministers of Communication in the last eight years, and three Ministers of Communication in just 10 months. No wonder there is ministerial instability.
R2K nevertheless demands that the board professionally discharge their mandate and ensure that:
Right2Know cautions the SABC board against rolling back the good work done by the interim board, and wishes to warn President Zuma against recapturing the public broadcaster. Hands Off the SABC! DM
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