SABC needs to be separated from politics - IFP

2015-06-20 08:10
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Johannesburg - The SABC and its board will only be credible and effective when it is separated from politics, the IFP said.

"For as long as it is treated as a cadre-deployment division of the ANC, it will not be able to fully and independently executive its mandate in the public interest," said IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe. 

The party said it rejected President Jacob Zuma's appointment of Mbulaheni Obert Maguvhe as chairperson of the public broadcaster and Leah Khumalo as his deputy. 

"We do so because Professor Maghuve must still be held to account for the unlawful and illegal removal of three independent-minded board members - Ms Hope Zinde, Ms Rachel Kalidass and Mr Ronnie Lubisi earlier this year," van der Merwe said in a statement. 

Maghuve removed the three while he was in the position of acting SABC board head. 

The IFP said the pair, who were officially appointed on Friday, secured their positions by being "loyalists" of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and SABC chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The DA had made the same allegations on Friday. 

DA MP Gavin Davis said Maghuve and Khumalo, had voted in favour of Motsoeneng's appointment as chief operating officer in July last year.

"This was in direct contravention of the public protector’s directive that Motsoeneng be suspended and disciplined for lying about his matric certificate and other acts of fraud and corruption," said Davis.

Motsoeneng’s appeal against the Western Cape High Court's order that he be suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry, was set to be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein in September.

In April, Judge Ashton Schippers upheld a ruling that Motsoeneng be suspended and a disciplinary hearing take place within 60 days of the ruling, pending the appeal process.

The DA filed the interim application in December 2014, arguing that the high court order against Motsoeneng be enforced following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report into alleged bribery at the SABC.

She established Motsoeneng's salary had increased from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year; he had misrepresented his qualifications to the SABC and purged senior staff.

Madonsela recommended a new SABC chief operating officer be appointed within 90 days.

Muthambi however, permanently appointed Motsoeneng to the position in July last year.

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