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SABC Board Nominees Endorsed

The National Assembly has endorsed the four new nominees for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board amid protest from opposition parties who accuse the African National Congress (ANC) of politicising the process.

The four are: Safcol senior executive Sethe Makesha; businessman John Danana; advocate and business consultant Cawekazi Mahlati; and Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO, Lumko Mtimde.

Parliament Recommends Names to SABC Board

Parliament’s communications portfolio committee has recommended four new appointees to the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Those whose names will now go to the National Assembly for approval are: SAFCOL senior executive, Sethe Makhesha; businessman, John Danana; Advocate and business consultant, Cawekazi Mahlati; and Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO, Lumko Mtimde.

SANEF Welcomes Court Finding on SABC

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed the exposure in court of political manipulation by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in favour of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2006.

SANEF media committee chairperson, Thabo Leshilo, points out that, “SANEF welcomes this searing exposure of the dishonesty of [Snuki] Zikalala, [Dali] Mpofu and the official SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, as a vindication of the complaint of the Freedom of Expression Institute [FXI].”

SABC Urged to Make Mokoetle Settlement Public

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) says the public has a right to know the details of the financial settlement bestowed on embattled former South African Broadcasting Corporation CEO, Solly Mokoetle.

In a press statement, SANEF chairperson, Mondli Makhanya, points out that, “The public interest and the fact that public funds could be involved dictate that a full and proper public statement is called for."

Vadi: No Rights for ex-SABC Board Members

The four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members who quit in frustration will not be allowed to speak at a long-awaited parliamentary meeting on the broadcaster's woes because President Jacob Zuma accepted their resignation with immediate effect. This is according to chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, Ismail Vadi.

Four SABC Board Members Resign

The Save Our SABC (SOS) Coalition has warned that Parliament may battle to attract quality applicants for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board if the oversight functions of the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications and the communications ministry are not strengthened to ensure the board is given more support.

SOS spokesperson, Kate Skinner, points out that, “Government needs to get to the bottom of why these four resigned and what the underlying problem is at the SABC.”

Ngubane Opposed Mokoetle’s Suspension

Chairperson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation Board, Ben Ngubane, has admitted that he had opposed the suspension of public broadcaster’s CEO Solly Mokoetle, because he believes Mokoetle has not held the position long enough for his performance to be properly evaluated.

Ngubane, who has been largely silent on the crisis at the SABC, points out that, “I did not think suspending him, simply because the turnaround strategy was not ready, would be right ... it’s still early days, we have not even been there nine months yet.”

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