DA calls on SABC chairperson to resign

2011-01-19 21:05
Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday welcomed the resignation of SABC CEO Solly Mokoetle and called on the broadcaster's board chairperson to follow suit.

"It would perhaps serve the SABC better if Dr Ngubane were to resign too," the Democratic Alliance's Natasha Michael said in a statement.

"Mokoetle got off to the worst possible start when appointed at the end of 2009 by saying that he was accountable first to [then] communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda, and not the SABC board.

"He set about proving that by by-passing the board on a number of occasions, including effecting a number of dubious and illegal appointments along with the current chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane."

Mokoetle resigned on Wednesday due to what he deemed an "irretrievable breakdown" in the relationship between him and the SABC board.

He said that he was exhausted following a protracted battle with the board over the appointment of Phil Molefe as head of news.

Formerly the SABC's chief operations officer between 2001 and December 2006, he was appointed CEO by former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

His appointment was opposed by the SABC board as he reportedly left the state broadcaster in a huff as operations officer, following a damning audit report compiled by Gobodo Forensic and Investigative Accounting in 2005.

The report found he had badly failed in his corporate governance duties.

The board eventually suspended him for Molefe's appointment, and also alleged Mokoetle had failed to come up with a turnaround plan for the broadcaster.

The public broadcaster's chief financial officer was appointed acting group CEO.

Mokoetle's disciplinary hearing was suspended recently. He said it was no longer possible for him and the board to work together following a breakdown in their relationship.

Board member Cedric Gina, who attended Mokoetle's press conference, told reporters Mokoetle was not given a "golden handshake". He said there was hope for stability at the SABC following Mokoetle's resignation.

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