Today is D-Day for the controversial Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the under fire SABC leadership, when parliament is expected to consider dissolving its board.
It could result in the removal of Motsoeneng, who was recently reappointed as head of corporate affairs by the board, despite the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling against his appointment as chief operating officer.
The communications committee is not impressed by the SABC board’s defiance of the judgment and wants answers from its members.
The national executive committee of the ANC was the latest structure to call on the board to give Motsoeneng the boot, after similar calls from ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu and the cabinet.
Parliament’s communications portfolio committee meets today to get answers from the board about Motsoeneng’s reappointment.
Committee chairman Humphrey Maxengwana said earlier the committee could only take action or make a recommendation to the National Assembly after meeting with the board. ANC committee member Maesela Kekana said the committee would look at two things.
“One is the appointment of Hlaudi, and the other is the integrity of the board to see if it’s fit to run the SABC,” Kekana said.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s spokesman, Mishack Molakeng, said the minister was also invited to today’s meeting.
DA MP James Selfe said according to the SABC annual report, legal fees went up from R171-million to R257-million in the 2015-16 financial year and legal claims provision from R47-million to R86-million.
“This can only be attributed to the costly litigation the SABC underwent in defending the disgraced Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has lost every one of his legal battles, with costs,” Selfe said. This was outrageous, he said. The broadcaster also revealed last week that it suffered a net loss of R411-million in the same financial year, Selfe said.