SABC Board defies Parliament

By Drum Digital
06 October 2016

In a display of defiance to Parliament and the ANC, the SABC board says it will stay put.

This is despite the resignations of board members Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso, which left the board paralysed as it now lacks the standing to make valid governance decisions.

At a media briefing on Thursday, Prof Mbulaheni Maguvhe, made it clear that plans by Parliament to investigate the board and calls by the ANC leadership for the board to be dissolved will not force them to resign.

“I am not an employee of the SABC. I worked and continue to work as a professor at the University of South Africa. I didn’t come here because I needed a job.  I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

Instead Maguvhe said negative publicity the SABC has been receiving is a smear campaign aimed at tarnishing their image. The broadcaster declared a financial loss of R400 million in the last financial year.

Maguvhe also defended the decision to move Hlaudi Motsoeneng from his previous position as Chief Operations Officer to the position of General Executive.

Motsoeneng was equally defiant saying he would not leave his position at the public broadcaster despite calls for him to resign.

“I’m not going anywhere.  My future does not depend on individuals and I know how to survive. My future depends on me,” he says.  “People ask where I will go if I leave the SABC, but everybody wants Hlaudi. I am recognised here and everywhere else in the world.”

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