Lumko Mtimde kicked off SABC board shortlist

This decision was made because Mtimde failed to submit proof of his education qualifications in time.

FILE: The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

board member Lumko Mtimde, who was seen as a frontrunner to take up former chairperson

Ellen Tshabalala's place on the broadcaster's board, was disqualified for the position

on Tuesday.

This decision was made because Mtimde failed to submit proof

of his education qualifications in time.

Parliament's oversight committee on communication agreed on

a shortlist of five names to take up Tshabalala's place, but Mtimde was not one

of them.

While the Democratic Alliance (DA) objected to Mtimde's

nomination because of his vocal support for a media tribunal, it was his

failure to submit proof of his qualifications in time that scuppered up his

chances.

Committee chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa made it clear the

committee didn't want to deal with another qualifications saga.

"We need to be very clear that we have all the qualifications

based on the past experience and we don't want, for any reason, to have

anything that might also make our work to be washed away."

Tshabalala resigned in December after it was found she did

not have the BCom Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Relations she

claimed to have.

The committee found she lied under oath about her

qualifications being stolen.

Mtimde and most of his colleagues on the SABC board resigned

in 2013, resulting in the dissolution of the board.

At the time, Mtimde and majority of board members

clashed with then chairman Ben Ngubane over a decision to remove Hlaudi

Motsoeneng as the acting Chief Operations Officer at the SABC.

Mtimde and others wanted Motsoeneng to step down from

the acting position and to return to his previous, less senior position.