After Minister of Communications Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane denied allegations that MTN’s group executive for corporate affairs Chris Maroleng will soon be the new chief operating officer (COO) of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Monday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has rejected the impression created by the Minister that the cabinet makes appointments of SABC executives.
In a statement Ngubane said; “all appointments of the chief operating officer, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of State-owned entities are done through Cabinet processes and therefore the announcements of the outcome are made by Cabinet.”
She went on to say “It is the minister’s responsibility to present any appointment of executives of the SoEs under the Department of Communications through Cabinet processes. To this end, the minister has no knowledge of any official appointment of a COO of SABC.”
The EFF has rejected this and said instead it sees it as yet another attempt to interfere with the independence of the SABC Board in doing its work.
According to the EFF, the North Gauteng High Court ordered that the appointment of executive members of the SABC must be done by non-executive members of the SABC Board and in addition the appointments will be done after consultation with the Minister, which means her opinion is not binding to the choices of executive appointments by the board.
“The cabinet has no role, neither the President in the appointment of SABC executives,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi.
“We advise Kubayi-Ngubane to resist returning the public broadcaster into the route of disreputable political interference it suffered under Faith Muthambi.”
The EFF has called on the SABC Board to stand its ground as ‘the law is on their side’ and resist all temptations to be bullied by the president and minister Kubayi-Ngubane.