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ANC must act decisively now on the SABC Board’s protection of Hlaudi

If the ANC government is serious about the SABC Board’s total contempt for the law, as well as for the findings of the Public Protector (PP) regarding the position of the broadcaster’s newly appointed corporate head, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, it will have to take immediate steps to disband the Board, Dr. orné Mulder, the chief whip of the FF Plus, says.

Dr. Mulder says the government will have to take the lessons about the PP’s findings on Nkandla and the Constitutional Court’s confirmation of her powers and competencies serious.

He says the defence of Prof. Obert Maghuve, the SABC Board’s Chairperson, that no court had found that Motsoeneng may not work at the SABC, and that the PP’s findings could be undone by an internal disciplinary hearing, is slap in the face of the portfolio hearing on communications, and of every person in South Africa who believes in law and order.

“Prov. Maghuve’s comments cannot merely be due to ignorance, and it, therefore, shows the astonishing temerity of the Board’s unexplained and intense defence of Motsoeneng.

“The immediate resignation of two board members, Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso, is proof of defects and problems in the board. How ironic that the two members who had shown integrity about the issue, is no longer on the Board?

“The comments of Naidoo that the Board is dysfunctional and should be scrapped sums up the situation very well,” Dr. Mulder said.

 

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