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SABC inquiry: Former board member tells of pressure to recommend Motsoeneng

Rachel Kalidass has been taking the parliamentary inquiry through events that led to Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as COO.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi unduly interfered and failed to discharge her oversight duties, a former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member has alleged.

Rachel Kalidass has been taking the parliamentary inquiry through events that led to Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as chief operating officer (COO) in July 2014.

She’s told Members of Parliament (MPs) the board was misguided by Muthambi, adding that former board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala pressured the board to appoint Motsoeneng.

Muthambi’s role in Motsoeneng’s appointment is firmly in the spotlight.

Kalidass says the deeply divided board was put under pressure to recommend Motsoeneng’s appointment.

“We were specifically told by the chairperson that the meeting would not conclude until the board reaches a decision, as the minister was waiting for a decision. This is why we sat there until 11pm at night.”

The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Phumzile van Damme pressed her further.

“I must concede the board was misguided. There was undue influence placed in relation to those governance areas.”

It’s also emerged Muthambi was in the building when the board was urgently summoned to consider the COO post.

Watch the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC board here.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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