ANCYL welcomes SABC resignations

2013-03-12 14:42
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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Tuesday welcomed the resignations of SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane and his deputy Thami ka Plaatjie.

"It is critical that the SABC has order and stability in its governance structures for it to properly fulfil its role as a public broadcaster," league spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said.

"We note with concern that the only permanently filled position at the most senior levels in the SABC is the group CEO, as the chief financial officer (CFO) is also currently on suspension and facing an investigation."

President Jacob Zuma received a joint letter of resignation from Ngubane and Ka Plaatjie on Monday.

The president was still considering on Tuesday whether to accept the resignations.

"The matter is under consideration," Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

Sangoni-Khawe said in a statement the SABC should fast-track the appointment of a permanent chief operations officer (COO) and the CFO's disciplinary process.

Communications Minister Dina Pule and the board should explain why they had been dragging their feet on filling the COO's post, vacant for more than five years.

The findings of two investigations into the SABC - one by the Auditor General and the other by the Special Investigating Unit - should be released as a matter of urgency.

"Board members found to have acted improperly should be relieved of their duties."

She said the league was concerned that Ngubane and Ka Plaatjie's resignations would result in the entire board being dissolved.

"Such an occurrence would create further instability. The unaffected board members must be retained to ensure continuity."

Renewed tension

The two resigned after weeks of renewed tension at the public broadcaster after Ngubane and the board fell out over the future of acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

On 26 February the broadcaster announced Motsoeneng had been "released from his duties".

It said that Mike Siluma, a veteran journalist and head of radio news and current affairs, had been appointed to the acting position.

Shortly after that, Ngubane was quoted in a newspaper report as saying Motsoeneng had been reinstated.

He said Ka Plaatjie had made this decision.

This prompted the board to issue a media statement according to which "the report... is regrettable as neither the chairperson nor the deputy chairperson nor both have the power or authority to unilaterally change a board resolution".

The board said it would seek clarity from Ngubane and Ka Plaatjie regarding the newspaper report.

Since then, Pule has asked Parliament to "urgently" review the board's fitness.

Read more on:    ancyl  |  sabc  |  ben ngubane  |  thami ka plaatjie  |  hlaudi motsoeneng  |  dina pule  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  media  |  politics

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