Sunday, January 21, 2018

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane blocks the appointment of Chris Maroleng as SABC's new chief operating officer because the ANC didn't know - report

South Africa's minister of communications, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has reportedly blocked the appointment of Chris Maroleng as the new permanent chief operating officer (COO) of the embattled South African public broadcaster because she wasn't told beforehand and because the ANC political party didn't know.

The SABC board now acting more independently when it comes to the making of top executive appointments at the SABC, told Chris Maroleng they want him as the SABC's new COO to replace the controversial and destructive Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Chris Maroleng, formerly an eNCA (DStv 403) TV news anchor, has already resigned from the telecommunications company MTN where he was MTN's group executive for corporate affairs until the end of December 2017. 

The SABC and the SABC board wants Chris Maroleng to start as new SABC COO from 1 February 2018.

On Sunday the City Press newspaper reported that Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane refuses to accept the appointment of Chris Maroleng as SABC COO.

Meanwhile leadership of the ruling ANC political party in South Africa are reportedly upset that they were out of the loop regarding the appointment and not knowing beforehand that Chris Maroleng was to be appointed as SABC COO.

Apparently ABC leaders became used to "be the first to know about key appointments in the SABC" - something that is suddenly no longer happening. 

On Monday Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will reportedly have to appear before the ANC's top 6 officials to explain what is going on and why the ANC didn't know sooner.

The ANC political party is reportedly "concerned that some of those who made it onto the new SABC board were aligned with organisations seen to be opposed to the ANC".