National Assembly: 9 March 2011
First of all, the IFP wants to thank members of the public for the
heightened interest they have shown in the affairs of the SABC. When
four vacancies occurred in the SABC Board owing to the resignations
of former Board members last year, members of the public were
invited to nominate candidates to fill those vacancies, and
responses were received from 84 individuals. The Committee had to
shortlist 15 candidates who had to be interviewed.
We want to point out that all 15 candidates that were shortlisted
were good candidates and this made the process of selecting the four
candidates even more difficult. The four candidates that are
recommended to this House for nomination to the SABC board were, in
our view, selected from the cream of the crop. It is for this reason
that the IFP implores this House to support the recommended four
candidates to fill the vacancies on the SABC board.
We do so for several reasons. Firstly, the SABC has for a long time
now been mired in controversy of one form or another and this has
dented the reputation of the SABC as the public broadcaster.
Secondly, we need to give the SABC the opportunity to rebuild their
good reputation and to inspire confidence of the nation, to ensure
that anyone who is appointed to the SABC board is an individual of
impeccable credentials capable of functioning as part of the team to
promote the best interests of the SABC above individual and
sectarian interests. Thirdly, we do not think that any of the four
recommended candidates deserve harsh judgment even before they have
been given an opportunity to prove themselves.
The IFP regrets the fact that there was no unanimous agreement on
the four candidates presented here but believes that they should be
supported, in spite of whatever misgivings there are in certain
quarters about this or that candidate and that it is the duty of the
Portfolio Committee to exercise strict oversight and vigilance on
how these candidates perform their duties as members of the SABC
The IFP therefore supports the four candidates presented to this
House for nomination to fill the vacancies in the SABC board.
I thank you Honourable Speaker