Stop mischief at SABC – MK vets

2010-01-07 13:13

"FACELESS people” must stop mischievous attempts to undermine the SABC interim

board’s appointment of a new chief executive, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military

Veterans Association (MKMVA) said today.

“We are concerned by the faceless people who are trying to

undermine the decision of the interim board,” said the association’s national

chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe.

“These faceless people are promoting their mischievous agendas

through the media and providing incorrect information.”

Solly Mokoetle, the national broadcaster’s chief operations officer

(COO) between 2001 and December 2006, took up office on January 1 as the chief

executive on a five-year contract. He reportedly left the broadcaster in a huff

as COO, following a damning audit report compiled by Gobodo Forensic and

Investigative Accounting in 2005.

According to the Sunday Times the report found Mokoetle had

dismally failed in his corporate governance duties. The paper reported the new

SABC board would challenge the outgoing board’s appointment of Mokoetle, which

had been approved by Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

However, earlier this week, Nyanda’s office insisted the SABC’s

interim board was well within its rights to appoint Mokoetle.

The Sunday Times’ article apparently quoted a board member as an

anonymous source – which the communications ministry described as


Maphatsoe said people with “counter-revolutionary tendencies”

undermined more than just the national broadcaster’s interim board. “These

faceless people are not only undermining the interim board, but also the

minister of communications, the Parliament and the president of the Republic of

South Africa.”

He said the MKMVA was aware of disgruntled and opportunistic people

in the SABC. “We know who these people are and if they don’t shut up with their

allegations and continue with their ways, we will expose them.”

The MKMVA has “full confidence in the new CEO and believed his

appointment was done in a fair and transparent” manner.

“We are saying to the new CEO that the country has given you the

mandate to fix the SABC and deliver on the World Cup and digital migration and

we hope we won’t have another soap opera.”

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