SABC chair says appointment was legitimate

2010-05-22 10:36

There was no “breach of corporate governance” in the appointment of

Phil Molefe as head of SABC News, the broadcaster’s chairperson, Dr Ben Ngubane,


“I have noted all the issues raised in the public domain around the

process of this appointment,” he said in a statement.

“I believe that all processes were followed and there was no breach

of corporate governance.”

He also urged the SABC board not to publicise internal


This, after board member Pippa Green said that Molefe’s appointment

was not approved by them.

Ngubane said he authorised the appointment because he felt that

Molefe satisfied all requirements for the position: “After considering all the

factors that necessitated the speedy finalisation of this process and after

going to the SABC booklet on criteria for interviews, I made the decision

because he satisfied all the requirements as agreed to by all board


Molefe was appointed on Thursday after acting in the


“The board and I are happy that this matter has been brought to

finality as promised as this was a key vacant position that needed to be filled

to stabilise the corporation,” Ngubane said.

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