Media Monitor Africa (MMA) has welcomed the appointment the new South African Broadcasting Cooperation’s (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Chris Maroleng on Tuesday.
After reports that MTN’s group executive for corporate affairs Chris Maroleng has been appointed as the COO of the SABC on Tuesday, the media monitor said they support the independence of the board in it’s executive appointments.
“We stand behind the board in making critical appointments provided they adhere to the principle of finding the best people for the job, with suitable experience and capability,” said the MMA in a statement.
The MMA has voiced out concerns on the Minister of Communication Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s statement which alleged that the SABC’s chief executive officer (CEO), COO chief financial officer (CFO) are to be made by government through cabinet process saying according to the court interim by Judge J Matojane on 17 October at the High Court, it is the board’s right to make appointment of the executive independently after consulting with the Minister.
In a statement MMA has also backed the Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) statement which had stated that according to a court ruling, it is the SABC board’s right to make the three executive appointment independently and without ministerial interference.
The Media monitor said the SABC board needs to be independent and able to appoint the person they think will be suitable for the job.
“We wish Mr Maroleng all the best as he takes on the task of leading the turning around and rebuilding of South Africa’s public broadcaster,” said the media monitor.