While Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane insists that that executive board appointments at the public broadcaster should be done in consultation with her, Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says this is not the case.
On Monday, Kubayi-Ngubane denied reports that broadcaster and MTN executive Chris Maroleng is likely to be named chief operating officer of the SABC, saying that executive board appointments at the public broadcaster should be done in consultation with her.
Bird says however, the minister was consulted.
Our sources indicate now, and the information we have received around the board has been, that she has been properly consulted so if she is saying something completely different, I think that we then need to make sure that the board comes out....if in fact she wasn't consulted then they have jumped the gun.— William Bird, Director Media Monitoring Africa
He explains how a recent court order stipulates that the minister has no right to veto a decision of the board regarding the permanent or interim appointment of an executive member of the SABC board.
The interim order comes on the heels of the Matojane judgement which was a case all about the appointment of senior executives because one of the core problems that has been bedeviling the SABC for decades now has been ministerial interference.— William Bird, Director Media Monitoring Africa
The minister then, unwisely in our view, decided to take that matter on appeal, so until that appeal is heard, the interim order occurred. That interim order which was handed down on the 6th of December states that the SABC board can appoint those members after consultation.— William Bird, Director Media Monitoring Africa
The understanding of consultation doesn't mean that you have to listen to what she says, it means that she is aware of it. Our information is that the SABC board did in fact properly consult with the minister.— William Bird, Director Media Monitoring Africa
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