Last week the presidency announced three appointments to the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Board
- Ms Palesa Kadi (Film and Publications Board Shared Services Executive)
- Mr Jabulane Blos (CEO Disabled People South Africa)
- Mr Thamsanqa Isaac Ntenteni
Media reports have surfaced that one of the appointees, Mr. Thamsanqa Isaac Ntenteni who has also been nominated to serve on the ICASA board may ineligible due to prior criminal convictions. As noted by DA Shadow Minister of Communications Gavin Davis,
“The MDDA Act stipulates that board members must be committed to freedom of expression, must be representative of a broad cross section of the Republic and must have expertise in media and broadcasting. The Icasa Act stipulates that Councillors must have experience in broadcasting and telecommunications,”
In light of this Gavin Davis has requested from the chair of the Communications Portfolio Committee, Joyce Moloi-Moropa
- Whether the Portfolio Committee secretariat commissioned a background check on Mr Ntenteni, including whether he has any previous criminal convictions;
- If so, whether it emerged that Mr Ntenteni has a criminal record; and
- Whether, in the event that Mr Ntenteni has a criminal record, (a) which crimes he has been convicted of, and (b) if he was convicted to a prison term of one year or more without the option of a fine.
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