SABC to advertise COO position

Minister Yunus Carrim says his dept is close to reaching a settlement to advertise the position.

Minister Yunus Carrim says his dept is close to reaching a settlement to advertise the position. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says his department is very close to reaching a settlement that will see the post of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) finally being advertised.

The public broadcaster has not been able to appoint a permanent COO because of a long-running court battle with former executive Mvuzo Mbebe, who says he was promised the position in 2007.

Carrim says they are close to finalising the legal dispute.

"The ball is, so to speak, in the ministry's court. We are looking at one legal aspect to finalise and negotiate a deal. If this thing is finalised within the next 48 hours, we may be ready to say there's a settlement."

Hlaudi Motsoeneng was controversially appointed as acting COO in 2011.

He is currently being investigated by the Public Protector for abuse of power at the SABC.