REPORT: SABC Board shortlisting postponed, again.
Vacant SABC board positions are to be re-advertised as the first round of candidates fail to meet the requirements of the selection committee.
On 2 June, Parliaments Communications portfolio committee announced that advertisements will be placed in the media for two of the vacant positions which did not receive enough applications to allow for a capable candidate to be selected.
In the absences of Chairperson of the committee Joyce Moloi-Moropa, ANC MP, Dikeledi Tsotetsi, was nominated to take up the position of Chairperson for the meeting. Tsotetsi was however accused of showing bias in the meeting and allowing ANC MPs to interrupt, while trying to silence the opposition.
In his objections, DA MP, Gavin Davis, noted that it would be unlikely that the committee would receive qualified candidates’ applications due to the fear that any candidate can be arbitrarily removed at any time from the board by the minister of communications.
This after a legal opinion solicited by the Chairperson of the Committee was received on 26 April stating that the removal of SABC board members was illegal.
Davis’ view didn’t sit too well with Tsotetsi and members of the ANC. Tsotesi and other ANC MPs insisted that one of the problems facing the selection process was the media. According to them, candidates are not applying for this position because one applicants CV was discussed in a newspaper.
MPs from the ruling party argued that the role of the media was a cause for concern and the media should not be allowed to report on the CVs of applicants. However the opposition noted that the process was a public process, one which the public was supposed to be informed of as indicated in the Broadcasting act.
Former SABC board Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala’s vacant position will not be re-advertised. The positions have been vacant for 6 months.
According to ANC MPs, there were not enough suitable candidates for the vacant positions. It is still unclear when the interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place.