Reopen the SABC selection

2014-07-13 15:00

The national crisis generated by the presence of one seemingly invincible man at the public broadcaster is a case of sheer audacity and disrespect for the country.

The chain of events leading to the permanent appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng only serves to confirm there was no attempt to follow legal processes or the SABC’s articles of association.

A decision appears to have been made elsewhere and it was just being implemented. Motsoeneng is the controversial SABC boss who is responsible for dubious decisions that include canning programmes critical of the ANC and denying opposition parties coverage in the period before the last elections.

Lest we forget, he does not have a matric qualification, yet he is the chief operating officer at the SABC.

What has caused this new crisis is that he was appointed under controversial circumstances during a board meeting last week without the job being advertised.

The board appears not to have acted on the Public Protector’s findings that action be taken against Motsoeneng for misrepresenting his qualifications, purging staff and irregularly increasing his salary. The new communications minister, Faith Muthambi, now says legal advice obtained had cleared Motsoeneng.

What does cleared mean? How much weight is attached to the word of a few lawyers as opposed to the Office of the Public Protector? Why is that report not being released to the public?

Why does Motsoeneng continue to act in a manner that suggests he enjoys political protection even as the ANC distances itself from his appointment? This week, several leaders of the ANC and the SA Communist Party said as much. This prompts the question: whose agenda he is serving.

Reports show he is supported by Muthambi and President Jacob Zuma. Muthambi and SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala must be reminded that the haste and the secretive manner in which they made his appointment is unbecoming and their actions cannot be justified.

They must acknowledge the outcry that comes from this dubious selection and review their action.

The correct step is to restart the process. Let the SABC advertise the post and allow for an open process, even if it includes Motsoeneng.

The legal advice that exonerated him must also be shared with all South Africans.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.