REPORT: Parliament shortlists MDDA Board Candidates
Published On April 2, 2015 | Independence & Accountability
The MDDA Board interviews were completed on 1 April 2015 and the final shortlist of candidates was completed during a closed session, which followed the last few interviews completed on the day.
The ICASA shortlisting process was held back, along with the SABC board interviews scheduled for 2 April 2015, due to complaints from MPs of these sessions being too close to Easter. This has meant that the interviews will need to be rescheduled and revised dates are yet to be announced.
The fact that the final shortlisting of MDDA candidates occurred in a closed session is of some concern and it is unclear why the media and independent observers have been barred from this. It seems that that these interviews are being rushed and the time needed for a careful selection process is not being set asides, instead under pressure from the Chair of the communications portfolio committee these interviews are being completed at a breakneck pace, in order to fill these positions as quickly as possible. The pressure being put on MPs to simply complete this process, may prove detrimental to the process of ensuring the most capable candidates get appointed.