Cabinet approves Broadcasting Amendment Bill

Govt says the bill aims to ensure the long-term stability and the sustainability of the SABC.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has approved the Broadcasting Amendment Bill which it says aims to stabilise the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appointment as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the removal of three board members are the latest scandals to rock the public broadcaster, which has stumbled from one controversy to another over the years.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi approved the board's decision to axe three of its members earlier this year, a decision that was not in line with the Broadcasting Act.

Muthambi justified her action by saying the board had relied on the Companies Act instead.

The axing of three board members this year means there are currently six vacant seats on the SABC board.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, says the SABC's ability to fulfill its mandate depends on the board's capacity to guide it.

"Our concern as government is to ensure good corporate governance must prevail, so this is broadly the aim."

Broadcasting lobby group, the SOS Coalition says the bill might be the result of a policy review initiated by Muthambi.

It's unclear what recommendations flowed from the review as they have not been made public.

The bill will be sent to Parliament for processing.