17th September 2013
The ANC's intransigence to ensure that a fully
non-partisan, competent SABC Board is appointed, is regrettable.
It is evident that they finally bowed to pressure from Luthuli
House to advance specific candidates at the last minute.
Some of the names that were pushed through
today were not even on the ANC's original list of preferred
Parliament was provided with a unique
opportunity to appoint non-executive directors who would jointly
boast the requisite skills and independence to restore public
confidence in the public broadcaster, so as to ensure that the
SABC would regain its lost audiences and grow its revenue base.
Excellent and appropriately qualified and
experienced South Africans from all communities and age groups
were nominated and shortlisted for appointment to the SABC
Board. Notwithstanding earlier undertakings by the ANC in the
Committee on Communications that they would support the best
qualified, non-partisan candidates, they reneged on these
undertakings at the last minute and steamrolled their preferred
The SABC has remained dysfunctional and
unstable at senior management level for almost ten years.
This is borne out by the recent disclaimer by the Auditor
General, and previously by several management reports by
It is now uncertain whether the SABC's sinking
ship can be rescued in time. If the next Board is unsuccessful,
the ANC will have to accept full responsibility.
Ms Juli Killian MP (Cope) on 082 824
Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP (IFP) on 082 729