Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BREAKING. New minister of communications 'orders' SABC to appoint new SABC CEO within 3 months.

The new minister of communications, Faith Muthambi, today in parliament "ordered" the SABC to appoint a new CEO within 3 months.

Lulama Mokhobo quit in February as the umpteenth SABC CEO to suddenly up and leave and not finish a CEO contract, without the SABC giving reasons as a public broadcaster.

In March the SABC fired Gugu Duda as acting CFO. She was suspended in September 2012 at the SABC in relation to procurement and financial irregularities.

Last month the SABC advertised for both positions - for CEO and CFO - but not yet for chief operating officer (COO), the one currently held by the famously matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng, currently acting in the position.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng was not suspended not relieved of his position, following a damning Public Protector's report released in February which stated that he "should never have been appointed at the SABC".

Today in parliament Faith Muthambi said and reiterated the decades old government refrain that the department of communications must help to "stabilise their [SABC] leadership".

"I have recently indicated to the SABC to ensure that we can appoint a CEO within the next three months".

Faith Muthambi said that the SABC has a board of directors "who must do their work without needing the minister to interfere in their operations. However, where necessary and as the law empowers us to do so, we will step in as the shareholder on behalf of the people of South Africa".