SABC chair must go: Opposition

By Drum Digital
04 March 2013

The DA and Cope have called for the sacking of SABC board chairman Ben Ngubane after he allegedly reinstated fired acting CEO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

"[He] must be removed from office in the interests of stability at the public broadcaster," Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn said on Monday.

Shinn said Ngubane clearly did not have the support of the rest of the board, who met last week to fire Motsoeneng, yet the chairman 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."

Congress of the People 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 on Tuesday to call for steps to remove Ngubane from his post and appoint a new chairman for the SABC board.

Ngubane told the Mail & Guardian that deputy board chairman Thami Ka Plaatjie had withdrawn a letter to Communications Minister Dina Pule informing her of Motsoeneng's removal.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

-Sapa

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