Pule questions fitness of SABC board

2013-03-05 22:28

Johannesburg - Communications Minister Dina Pule on Tuesday asked Parliament to "urgently" review the fitness of the SABC board.

"The South African public deserves a public broadcaster that informs, educates and entertains them," Pule said in a statement.

"I have asked Parliament, as the institution that interviews the board members, to advise if they believe this board is helping the government to deliver on its mandate to give South Africans access to quality public broadcasting, which is their human right."

Pule met with the SABC board on Tuesday morning to discuss various governance issues at the public broadcaster.

"Following the meeting, she has written a letter to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications asking them to urgently look into the fitness of the SABC board to remain in office," her office said in the statement.

She was most concerned about the latest breaches of corporate governance that were playing themselves out in public.

It was after this meeting that she wrote to the portfolio committee.

Pule's comments followed after the public broadcaster on Monday said reports that former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng had been reinstated were false.

"The report... is regrettable as neither the chairperson nor the deputy chairman nor both have the power or authority to unilaterally change a board resolution," the SABC board said in a statement.

"No such provision exists in the Broadcasting Act of 1999, Companies Act of 2008, Articles of Association or draft Memorandum of Incorporation."

The New Age on Monday reported that SABC chairperson Ben Ngubane confirmed to the newspaper that Motsoeneng was back in the position of acting COO.

At a meeting in Cape Town on February 25 the board resolved to release Motsoeneng of his responsibility as acting COO with immediate effect. It also decided that he would revert back to his previous position as group executive of stakeholder relations and provinces.

The board appointed Mike Siluma, a veteran journalist and head of radio news and current affairs, to the position.

  • Rustic - 2013-03-05 22:32

    The pot calling the kettle black.

      Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-05 22:59

      ........ but they suffer the same punishment on the fire!

      SaniGhana - 2013-03-06 06:53

      I can not watch thes brothers break the things,i am not racist and will be happy to see white management go there to fix these things

      camp.j - 2013-03-06 08:44

      LOL, exactly what went through my mind when i saw the headline... oh the irony!

      phillys.winterbottom - 2013-03-06 09:32

      you beat me to it Rustic!!! hahahahah.. yes classic, this trumped up scullery-maid who should be scrubbing floors but instead is busy running an entire government portfolio (into the ground) has the temerity to pronounce on other people's fitness to hold office, not that she is incorrect, but the irony of the cANCer and its incompetent and corrupt lazy ministers is unbelievable!!!!

      Mahwiting Mangako Joseph - 2013-03-11 14:24

      Why are white ppl so racists, yur remarks here on news24 are questionable most of the times, especially if a black man fails, yu rejoice as if yu neva fail... Pls ppl grow up and give constructive criticism where is due, don't just pass judgment on where is it not necessary and don't get me wrong, I'm not referring to this story specifically but going thru all the commends that white ppl make on any story on news24 website, yur remarks are full of hate, jealousy, etc...

  • Ushir Sahdao - 2013-03-05 22:38

    Stop throwing cadres into positions of power and turning the SABC into an ANC propaganda machine then there will not be any problems.Just admit that the government is unable to handle the task of bringing quality programming and bow out gracefully then privitise the SABC.

      Fezile Ntontela - 2013-03-06 07:28

      so sanighana do you mean blacks are inferior and whites are superior what is exactly your point ,shame on you

      Ushir Sahdao - 2013-03-06 07:58

      It isn't me that is bringing race into the issue of problems within the SABC. Its you! Where in my comment do you see 'black' or 'white'? If a person does not have a matric qualification and is the head of a major corporation such as SABC, regardless of his skin colour do you think he deserves to be there? Get ride of you inferiority complex and let common sense prevail.

      phillys.winterbottom - 2013-03-06 09:36

      Purile Fezile, you have a huge BLACK inferiority complex, deal with it!!! If you think your retarded race comments are going to shut commentators up, you are sadly mistaken. South Africans are sick and tired of whiny oversensitive anc pricks who see race in everything.

  • alananthonygreen - 2013-03-05 22:40

    Pule you useless meat sack. Sit down and shut up.

      Sganja - 2013-03-06 02:25

      You do the same.

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-05 23:01

    Dina please don't put yourself on the situation where you will end up regreting yourself!!

  • chikomborero.dumba - 2013-03-05 23:29

    Is that a jumpsuit she's putting on in the photo?

  • Philip - 2013-03-05 23:31

    This is what you get when you appoint a sack of mazambane to run the organization!

  • hein.huyser - 2013-03-06 06:55

    And we question your fittness.

  • DeWet Du Plessis - 2013-03-06 08:00

    Why the f$@k is it anyone's "human right" to have a public broadcaster? Another case of "give, give, give". I am so tired of black people always being the victim.

      Fezile Ntontela - 2013-03-06 12:01

      well said Myaluze

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-06 08:41

    Perhaps more white's should be employment within the SABC

      BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-03-06 10:06

      Forget the colour. Just employ people who can do the job. I don't care if they are black, white, blue or yellow

  • Ygivadamn - 2013-03-06 08:50

    Hi Minister, when's your boyfriend giving back my R6m...I work hard for it...a full 30 day job and not just 4days/year.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2013-03-06 09:08

    Shouldn't we questioning the fitness of Parliament?

  • Rameetse Benjamin Mokgoatjana - 2013-03-06 09:26

    Very good Minister but then you must also join the queue for your own fitness to be reviewed too!!!

  • Ernica Stanford - 2013-03-06 10:52

    Programmes that were bought 20 to 30yrs ago, repeat of repeat of repeats, movies that were also bought 20 to 30yrs ago, and don't worry if you miss it, it will be back on within 2 months. The board should be thrown out and it should be privatised. What exactly are they doing with our money we pay for our licenses. The Public Protector should investigate them.

  • Ernica Stanford - 2013-03-06 11:02

    Do the maths, if just 10 million people (and this is being conservative) paid their tv licenses every year, that would be 2billion 5hundred thousand rand a year. The Public Protector needs to find out exactly where that money is going, because it's definately not for buying good and entertaining programmes.

  • Stefan Kruger - 2013-03-06 12:27

    Can someone tell me what is that?? Is that a dude or a chick, or a dude/chick.. ladyboy or what?? Damn that photo is UGLY!!! WOW!!

      The_Don_@_Nkandla - 2013-03-06 14:25

      Was also wondering about the same thing! Had quite a fright when I saw that pic! But apart from that this 'person in blue' is as ineffective as the ANC comes so I do wonder what made her so special that ol' Jacob keeps on retaining her in the cabinet? And although I am not a constitutional expert I agree with @DeWet DuPlessis when he asks whether it is a human right as per our constitution to have a 'public broadcaster'?

  • Hugh Rix - 2013-03-11 13:56

    I suggest that while they are at it Parliament also considers whether Dina Pule is competent for the job!!!!!1. She is even more hopeless than they are . If you want something ruined give it to government and their pals to run!!!

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