Calls to sack SABC chairperson

2013-03-04 16:44

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Congress of the People (Cope) have called for the sacking of SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane after he allegedly reinstated fired acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

“(He) must be removed from office in the interests of stability at the public broadcaster,” DA MP Marian Shinn said today.

Shinn said Ngubane clearly did not have the support of the rest of the board, who met last week to fire Motsoeneng, yet the chairperson reinstated him days later pending a new meeting.

“This is a shambolic state of affairs that does no credit to the board or the SABC,” she said.

Cope MP Juli Kilian said Ngubane had chosen to reinstate Motsoeneng despite “damning evidence” of corporate mismanagement at the SABC.

“Dr Ben Ngubane has become a law unto himself and acts like an executive chairperson – if he is unwilling to resign, he should be removed,” Kilian said.

“In fact, Cope would call for the dissolution of the entire board and for the appointment of a forensic audit.”

Shinn said she would use a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications tomorrow to call for steps to remove Ngubane from his post and appoint a new chairperson for the SABC board.

Ngubane told the weekly Mail & Guardian that deputy board chairperson Thami Ka Plaatjie had withdrawn a letter to Communications Minister Dina Pule informing her of Motsoeneng’s removal.

“The minister will have to respond and it is a toss-up about what will happen,” Ngubane was quoted as saying.

Shinn said Motsoeneng, whose tenure had proven highly controversial, was given the boot by the board because of the lack of credibility of a report on the Special Investigating Unit’s corruption probe at the broadcaster that he presented to it.

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