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SABC board's future uncertain

By unknown | Nov 20, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

The future of the SABC board hangs in the balance following the passing of a law that will allow Parliament to disband it.

Yesterday the ANC used its majority in Parliament to pass the Broadcast Act Amendment Bill. This paves the way for the party to remove the board as soon as President Kgalema Motlanthe signs it into law.

The law allows Parliament to ask the president to disband the whole board if it does not execute its mandate properly. At present only individual board members can be removed and only by the board itself.

In presenting the bill ANC MP Ismail Vadi said: "The current SABC board lacks popular credibility. Parliament cannot be deaf to the growing concerns of civil society."

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande recently accused the board of being in the pocket of one faction within the ANC. He said this had led to the SABC being biased in its coverage.

Civil society groups that lobbied in favour of the bill included Cosatu, the Treatment Action Campaign, Freedom of Expression Institute, Media Monitoring Project and Media Institute of Southern Africa.

"To restore the credibility of future SABC boards, there has to be greater transparency and public participation in the appointment processes" said the FXI's Jane Duncan.

The DA, IFP, ID and the ACDP voted against the bill.

"Blade Nzimande can terrify SACP MPs into passing meaningless motions of no confidence in the board. You are not going to be able to evict this board," said the DA's Dene Smuts.

The IFP's Suzanne Vos said the bill was a "bad law".

lYesterday Sowetan misspelt the name of SABC chairman Khanyi Mkonza as Khanyisizwe Khonza. We apologise for any inconvenience the mistake may have caused her or her organisation.


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