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Broadcaster's 'shadow' list slammed

By unknown | Sep 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wants the government's shadowy selection process for SABC board members to be scrapped.

"We need to start afresh and ensure that, as the constitution demands, parliament as the legitimate representatives of the people choose the SABC board and not a shadowy, unelected and indeed unaccountable cabal in ANC headquarters or anywhere else," UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said yesterday.

Weekend newspapers reported had reported that ANC's leaders had ordered the party's horrified MPs to accept a list of nominees without question.

ANC chairman Mosiuoa Lekota reportedly instructed the MPs to adopt the list sent from Luthuli House.

Those on the list include controversial attorney, Christine Qunta, now deputy chairman of the SABC's board, and businesswoman Gloria Serobe.

"It is preposterous to hold public hearings, indeed to follow a drawn-out parliamentary procedure, in order to nominate and select suitable candidates for the SABC board and then to have people and opinions parachuted in from outside this process and outside of parliament," Holomisa said.

He said the ANC's leaders should not dictate what decisions were made inside parliament and stressed that these decisions may even offend the ANC public representatives.


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