Wednesday, October 5

Mahlatse Ramatseba

THE SABC board must be dissolved, members of parliament resolved today.

THE SABC board must be dissolved, members of parliament resolved today.

EFF's Floyd Shivambu to SABC board: This is not Generations

It took very long and intense debates for the political parties who are members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications to agree that the remaining board members should resign from their positions.

As a first step, a formal parliamentary inquiry will be instituted into the fitness of the board.

During the committee meeting two SABC board members Vusi Mavuso and Krish Naidoo resigned in the presence of their fellow board members.The MPs are unhappy about the reappointment of former SABC Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng as among reasons for their resignations.

Committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana of ANC then asked the board to excuse themselves so that MPs could decide on the way forward.

EFF MP Floyd Shivambu earlier suggested that the committee immediately dissolve the board, but Parliament’s legal advisor, Ntuthuzelo Vanara, cautioned that MPs could fall foul of the law if they don’t follow correct procedures.

According to him, the board can only be dissolved after an inquiry into their fitness of office.
But MPs like DA’s James Selfe argued that they already have enough proof that the board is not functioning properly.

If Parliament accepts the committee’s recommendation that the board must be dissolved, the matter is then referred to President Jacob Zuma who must appoint an interim board in collaboration with Parliament.

In March 2013, the then SABC board was also dissolved, following the resignation of chairperson Ben Ngubane and his deputy, Thami ka Plaatjie. Six board members followed suite and the board could no longer function as it had only three members left

Source: Daily sun

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