Max dumps integrity to gripe

2009-09-25 13:14

MAX du Preez’s grumbling over the selection process of SABC board members raises questions about his own integrity rather than that of the Members of ­Parliament involved in the ­process.

It is puzzling that Du Preez, who suddenly realises that the entire process was a “charade” (City Press, September 30) did not see anything wrong with the process when he was nominated, shortlisted and interviewed.

He waited for the results of the interviews to mount his vicious attack on the selection process, lambasting MPs for doing their job – asking difficult questions.

The fact that he complained ­only after realising that he did not make the final cut suggests that the reporter-cum-critic has dispensed with the journalistic principles he once held so dearly – principles enjoining him to be objective, fair and truthful in his writing.

By rubbishing the process, the SABC board member wannabe, is not only throwing mud in the face of those MPs who did everything to ensure that he was shortlisted, he is also casting aspersions on the professional integrity of those candidates who made the final cut.

As much as some of us hold Du Preez in high esteem for his contribution to the struggle for freedom of expression, we are also aware of the fact that most of the candidates who made the final cut are ahead of the former Beeld reporter in terms of experience and academic achievement.

Du Preez should have realised that, contrary to his delusional view that the interviews were a waste of time, it was a great opportunity to sort out the mess at the public broadcaster and in the process recognise the talent of outstanding South Africans by granting them an opportunity to be interviewed for the challenging positions.

The fact that the interviews were broadcast live on our ­national television and radio ­stations says a lot about the quality of candidates who made it to the interview phase.

Clive Ndou Cape Town

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