Apology to Lumko Mtimde

2015-03-29 08:21
(File: SABC website)

(File: SABC website)

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Cape Town - A report by City Press and published by News24 on 24 March said that Lumko Mtimde, former head of the Media Development and Diversity Agency, had been disqualified as an SABC board candidate for failing to produce proof of his qualifications.

Mtimde and the chair of Parliament’s communications committee considering the issue have pointed out that the person who nominated him had failed to forward the required proof of qualifications.

News24 accepts that any suggestion that Mtimde was to blame for this was incorrect as is any inference that his qualifications may be doubtful. We apologise unreservedly.

In a statement to News24 Mtimde said: “These administrative reasons centre around the fact that, for some reason or omission, copies of my academic qualifications were not forwarded in time to the PPC along with my nomination.

“I can only assume that this is due to an oversight on the part of whoever made the nominations, or an assumption that these are in Parliament’s record system as I have been appointed several times through Parliamentary processes including by the PCC. I certainly do not want to allege fault on anyone.

“For me, it is fundamental that there should be no doubt about my academic qualifications, or the veracity thereof. It is also worth pointing that I have, in the recent past, successfully been nominated – through the same Parliamentary processes that took place yesterday – to the boards of the-then Independent Broadcasting Authority, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, and for my previous term as a member of the SABC Board.

“My nomination was also recently processed by Parliament for the position of a Commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission, after being processed by a team led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the Public Protector, Human Rights Commission and Commission for Gender Equality. At no stage in the processes mentioned above was there a doubt cast on my qualifications.

“I have been appointed through other appointment processes as a Senior Executive in Government and as an Accounting Officer for several years with a clean audited governance, leadership and management record.

“Any examination of the records of these nomination processes, or any examination of my academic qualifications, will clearly show that I am sufficiently qualified to be successfully nominated for these posts in the past.

“It is deeply regrettable that this administrative oversight and/or omission has resulted in some in the opposition ranks [specifically the DA's MP Gavin Davis] and City Press casting aspersions and doubt on my qualifications.

“My commitment to public broadcasting and serving my country in the public interest and with integrity is well-documented, as is my commitment to the transformation of the South African media environment including promoting a media accountability mechanism through independent regulation, and I remain ready to serve.”

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