The African National Congress (ANC) has called on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board to fire former Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu said Motsoeneng’s appointment is a complete violation of the judgments handed down by the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal.
“The decision to reappoint the former COO is in complete violation of the judgments…, and it points to a management that has no respect for the rule of law. The decision is unlawful and the Board has a responsibility to immediately meet and rescind it,” said Mthembu.
On Tuesday the SABC at a media briefing announced Motsoeneng will return to his previous position of Group Executive, Corporate Affairs.
Mthembu said the SABC board has to intervene in the matter and solve the matters as the “shenanigans” that have been happening at the public broadcaster only serve to distract the broadcaster from discharging its core public service mandate.
“The happenings at that public institution, which are taking place under the watch of the board, continue to cause serious embarrassment not only for the SABC but for the country as a whole,” said Mthembu.
The deafening silence of the Board and its apparent inability or unwillingness to swiftly intervene in the ongoing situation leaves much to be desired. It is clear that this Board is failing spectacularly to exercise its fiduciary obligations to steer the organisation in line with the Broadcasting Act and other governing laws
He added as the Majority Party in Parliament that is responsible for the appointment of the SABC board and oversight over the broadcaster, they have decided to let the Portfolio Committee on Communications to launch a parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the SABC Board to hold office.
“We are confident that through such a process, Parliament would earnestly address and arrest the troubling and undesirable situation at the SABC in the interest of the public,” said Mthembu.
“Parliament would be failing in its responsibility it allowed the deteriorating situation at the SABC to continue as it is,” he added.
By Senzile Kubheka