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Entire SABC board faces axe - MP

By unknown | Nov 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

The ANC will use its majority in parliament to get President Kgalema Motlanthe to fire the SABC board - accused of bias by more than one party - after the Broadcasting Amendment Bill is passed this week.

The Broadcast Amendment Bill gives parliament the power to ask the president to fire the entire board. Currently only one board member can be fired and only by the board itself.

Speaking after the SABC's presentation of its annual report to the communications portfolio committee yesterday, an ANC MP told Sowetan that the party planned to dissolve the board once the law permitted them to do so.

Yesterday ANC MPs at first refused to listen to the SABC's presentation, saying they had a standing motion of no confidence in the board dating back to April.

But after a short caucus, the ANC MPs backed down.

SABC board chairman Kanyisizwe Khonza hit back, accusing the committee of being part of "a barrage of unrelenting attacks on the board".

"Despite our attempts to prevent the implosion of the SABC, we did not get support. We needed the unwavering support of this very portfolio committee."

Although board member Bheki Khumalo said the ANC got 60percent of TV and radio coverage, this did not satisfy the ANC MPs who insisted that the Congress of the People was being favoured.

"At least we are not being accused by one party of being biased," Khonza said.


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