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
"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
"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.
MS LIEZL VAN DER MERWE MP
IFP SPOKESPERSON ON COMMUNICATIONS