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SABC chair must explain - ID

2010-05-24 13:16

Cape Town - SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane must explain to Parliament why the board was circumvented on the appointment of Phil Molefe as head of news at the public broadcaster, the Independent Democrats said on Monday.

"The ID will certainly call on the chairperson of Parliament's communications portfolio committee to summon the SABC chair to Parliament to come and explain his sudden flouting of due process," said ID leader Patricia de Lille.

The majority of SABC board members this weekend decided to declare null and void a decision by Ngubane and CEO Solly Mokoetle to appoint Molefe, and to continue screening candidates for the post.

The board also said it would seek a meeting with Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

De Lille welcomed the move.

Board members last week expressed shock and surprise to learn of Molefe's appointment.

They said they were not consulted and were still waiting to hear recommendations from an interview panel on appointing a permanent successor to ousted news chief Snuki Zikalala.

The clash between Mokoetle and the new SABC board comes barely six months after it was constituted and carries an echo of the power struggle between the old board and former CEO Dali Mpofu that crippled the organisation.

Press reports have suggested Molefe was appointed under political duress from the presidency.