Johannesburg – The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) failed to show leadership, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in a scathing letter shortly before dissolving the board.
In the letter dated November 24, 2015, Mthethwa tells PanSALB’s chairperson of the board, Mbulungeni Madiba, that its failure to lead caused a lack of governance.
"I note that subsequent to our meeting in April 2015, you still have failed to show leadership... resulting in a lack of governance. You will recall the Acting Director general also had a few meetings with yourself... in order to address some of the challenges affecting proper functionality..." Mthethwa wrote in the letter obtained by News24.
Mthethwa goes on to say that, after careful analysis, he had noticed unfair dismissals of employees, failure to pay out pensions to employees. failure to submit quarterly reports, and late submissions of a strategic plan for the 2015/16 -2019/20 years.
"In light thereof, I intend exercising powers to dissolve the board," he said.
Mthethwa instructed the board to make written representation within seven days as to why it should be not dissolved.
Mthethwa dissolved PanSALB with immediate effect on Wednesday. He said the country needed a clean slate to begin promoting multilingualism, the department said on Wednesday.
In November last year, PanSALB was ordered to pay over R3m for ten months remuneration to former employees for unfair dismal.
The board claimed the eight employees had not been legally employed as then Acting CEO Mxolisi Zwane had no authority.
Arbitration commissioner Werner Kruger ordered PanSALB to pay the monies before November 20.
PanSALB did not respond to News24's requests for comment.