MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Minister, Board Must Act Decisively on Damning SABC Report

17 February 2014  

  

Now that the Public Protector has completed her investigation into whether SABC Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng was irregularly appointed, the IFP believes that the SABC Board and the Minister of Communications must take urgent steps to implement the recommendations contained in the Report.

 

Furthermore, we call on the SABC Board to suspend Mr Motsoeneng and appoint, as soon as possible, the best people to lead the beleaguered organisation.

 

The Public Protector's investigation encompassed allegations around Mr Motsoeneng's appointment, lack of qualifications and a crooked salary progression. She highlighted the abuse of power and maladministration by senior executives and former SABC board members.

 

"The damning report is really no surprise. The rampant mismanagement of the public broadcaster is the reason why the SABC received the worst audit outcome from the Auditor-General last year," said Liezl van der Merwe MP, the IFP's spokesperson on Communications.

 

The IFP supports the Public Protector's findings and recommendations and believe that urgent disciplinary action must be instituted against all those who have been found guilty of abuse of power, improper conduct and maladministration.

 

"In the case of one of the SABC's most notorious political deployee, Mr Motsoeneng, for example, he should be dismissed for having being found guilty of fraud and maladministration. It is clear that he has never had the public broadcaster's best interest at heart."

 

The IFP looks forward to receiving an urgent and detailed plan of action from Minister Carrim and the current SABC Board on how it will implement the Public Protector's recommendations. Moreover, the IFP calls on Minister Carrim to ensure that the positions of COO and CEO are filled without any further delay.

 

"These positions must filled by candidates with appropriate qualifications. We need leadership at the SABC who are not only well qualified, but people who have vast experience in management and corporate governance. We can no longer afford to appoint political deployees to top posts in the SABC. If we don't use this opportunity to appoint the very best candidates, the sinking ship that is the SABC will be beyond rescuing," concluded van der Merwe.

 

ISSUED BY:

MS LIEZL VAN DER MERWE MP

IFP SPOKESPERSON ON COMMUNICATIONS