PARLIAMENT – Contrary to reports that made rounds early morning of Monday that the SABC board had escaped another bid to have it axed, the MPs have listened to the cries from civil society to remove it.
The board has been under pressure in the last few weeks, but the latest twist on alleged millions paid to Hlaudi Motsoeneng added insult to injury and left the parliament with no other choice than to have it axed.
This was in relation to the sale of SABC archives to MultiChoice three years ago.
Motsoeneng is due to receive another R33m in bonuses for the next three years over similar deals.
The Save Our SABC Coalition and MMA said the SABC board deserved to be axed.
Sekoetlane Phamodi, the co-ordinator for the Save Our SABC Coalition, said on Sunday they wanted the portfolio committee on communications to act decisively against the SABC board. He said Parliament needed to get rid of the board because it had neglected its fiduciary duties for a long time.
Despite political protection, Motsoeneng would go, he said.
Phamodi said the R11.4m cash bonanza said to have been paid to Motsoeneng and another R33m in the pipeline were because of an incompetent board.
“What has been happening is the destabilisation of the SABC to ensure the SABC is pliant to the president,” he said.
William Bird of Media Monitoring Africa said people were disgusted by the scandals at the SABC. What was needed was a new board that would get things right at the public broadcaster, he said.