SABC’s board in disarray

2013-03-05 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A dispute over the sacking of the SABC’s acting CEO is threatening to tear the broadcaster’s board apart.

The chairperson of the board, Dr Ben Ngubane, said yesterday the board members who sacked Hlaudi Motsoaneng didn’t follow the rules.

He said this means Motsoaneng should still be at his post.

The board, under the leadership of deputy chair Thami ka Plaatje, decided last Monday to replace Motsoaneng. Ngubane was not present.

Ngubane said they should have drawn up a proper list of charges against Motsoaneng and followed procedure. He denied that he was protecting Motsoaneng, saying he was just following procedure.

The board said in a statement that it stands by its decision. Spokesperson Lumko Mtimde said the meeting at which Motsoaneng was fired was called in terms of the rules and the decisions taken were valid.

“Mike Siluma, the head of radio news who was appointed as acting CEO, will hold the position until June, when he is leaving the broadcaster.”

Motsoaneng is now back in his post as a provincial editor.

Eric Kholwane, chair of the communications portfolio committee, said last night the decisions of the board can’t be overturned by one member [Ngubane].

“[Ngubane] is not an executive board member, simply an ordinary member and he can’t veto a decision of the majority.”

Mtimde said the board hopes to meet with Ngubane this week.

Opposition MPs are demanding that the minister, Dina Pule, intervene. They want the whole board disbanded.

Cope’s Juli Kilian has already written to Pule on the issue.

Kholwane agreed and said the minister, as representative of the shareholder (the state), has a duty to act.

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