SABC Board holds emergency meeting to contest appointment of news chief

2010-05-22 11:33

SABC board members will hold an emergency meeting this afternoon –

without chairperson Ben Ngubane.

Ngubane is reportedly in Japan and was not available for comment.

New SABC chief executive Solly Mokoetle is also not expected to attend as he is

en route to China.

Ngubane’s appointment of Phil Molefe as the broadcaster’s news

chief this week has plunged it into chaos as the deputy chairperson, Felleng

Sekha, has publicly questioned the appointment.

Sekha is likely to lead the meeting of non-executive board members

who believe Molefe’s appointment was unprocedural.

They claim the process of

interviewing and evaluating a news boss is not yet complete.

The board is likely to discuss a legal opinion that Molefe’s

appointment is unlawful and could ask for it to be rescinded.

Molefe has been the SABC’s acting group executive of news and

current affairs since the departure of Snuki Zikalala last year.

Four candidates are vying for the most powerful news job in the

country: Molefe; Business Day political editor Karima Brown; former

editor-in-chief of, Jimi Matthews, and a fourth candidate from the


Board members who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity

said the committee to appoint the head of news and current affairs was still

deliberating and had set down a date to report back to the full board at the end

of the month.

They said they were shocked at radio news reports of Molefe’s

appointment, which had not been communicated to the board first, as is customary

governance procedure.

The recommended candidate was only expected to be announced at the

beginning of June but Ngubane has reportedly set his face against other

candidates and only wants Molefe.

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