SABC: ‘board dysfunctional’

2012-09-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The SABC board has “degenerated into serious dysfunctionality,” the SABC board chairperson, Dr Ben Ngubane, told Parliament.

He pleaded with the government to remove SABC board member Cawekazi Mahlati.

Ngubane told the parliamentary portfolio committee on communication on Tuesday that the board had already informed President Jacob Zuma about its motion of no confidence in Mahlati, whom he accused of openly asking for tenders to allocate to family members.

He said the board was dysfunctional because of one person. Thami ka Plaatjie, deputy chair of the SABC supported Ngubane.

Plaatjie said Mahlati was undermining the chairperson and the board and constantly interfering where she had no authority.

Eric Kholwane, chairperson of the portfolio committee, said only the president could remove an SABC board member.

Meanwhile, the financial head of the SABC was yesterday given a letter in which he is accused, among other things, of financial mismanagement. He has been in the post only since February. The accusation relates to the SABC’s R3 million sponsorship of an ICT indaba that was hosted by Communications Minister Dina Pule. The sponsorship was awarded without the input of the directors.

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