“Dispense with the double-speak” and immediately hold a parliamentary inquiry into the “complete chaos” at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)‚ the Democratic Alliance (DA) urged the African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday.
The DA’s Phumzile van Damme said it was “extremely bizarre” that the ANC had on Monday called for “Parliament to summon the SABC to comprehensively account on the state of the corporation and its reported challenges”.
“If the ANC is serious about stabilising the leadership crisis at the public broadcaster they will institute this parliamentary inquiry without delay and abandon what we suspect is a PR stunt by the ANC‚” she said.
Van Damme questioned the reasoning and timing behind the “sudden change of heart” as “the ANC has consistently spoken with a forked-tongue in this regard and declined the DA’s request‚ in June‚ for Parliament’s urgent intervention”.
“This still has not happened‚” she added.
She also took issue with ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa’s comment “the ANC believes that there is an undisputable link between good governance and compliance with the law and accordingly urge the SABC to ensure that it upholds‚ in deed‚ the letter and spirit of the Western Cape High Court ruling”.
That ruling set aside the appointment of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. The Supreme Court of Appeal last week refused to entertain an appeal of the ruling.
“What is surprising is the ANC’s sudden-found voice on the matter…when they have been comfortable with appointing and retaining law-breaking cronies of President Zuma‚” Van Damme said.
“The ANC has done nothing but disrespect court rulings; the epitome of this was the damning ruling by the Constitutional Court against President Jacob Zuma in relation to the Nkandla debacle.
“Added to this‚ they have upheld a culture of shaming the outgoing Public Protector‚ Thuli Madonsela‚ for her findings into their perpetual corruption and failures‚ Motsoeneng’s included.”
It was Madonsela’s report on Motsoeneng’s misrepresentation of his qualifications that led to the High Court ruling.
On Monday‚ Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications said it will‚ in the next fortnight‚ meet with the board of the SABC over the SCA judgment on the invalid appointment of Motsoeneng.