SOS coalition ‘disappointed’ by Joyce Moloi-Moropa’s resignation

SOS Coalition's Sekoetlane Phamodi says Moloi-Moropa's resignation is a great loss for the committee.

The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - SOS coalition, the group lobbying for an improved public broadcaster, says the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee responsible for oversight of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has lost a principled, even-handed chairperson.

Senior African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Joyce Moloi-Moropa, who is also the national treasurer of the SACP, has resigned her seat in Parliament to devote more time to her party duties.

Her decision follows reports last year that she was at odds with African National Congress Members of Parliament loyal to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

The SOS Coalition's Sekoetlane Phamodi says Moloi-Moropa's resignation is a great loss for the committee.

"We desperately rely on our public representatives in Parliament to do the work of representing our interests and not the narrow interests of any particular political party."

Moloi-Moropa steered the committee through stormy waters when it had to deal with the removal of former SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala, who was found to have lied about her qualifications.

Tshabalala resigned in December 2014.

Under her leadership, the committee accepted legal advice that the removal of three board members by the Board itself - who were seen to be against SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng - was a violation of the Broadcasting Act.

But in her absence, ANC MPs made a sudden U-turn and accepted Muthambi's explanation that they were lawfully removed.

Muthambi endorsed the Board's decision to remove the three members, insisting they relied on the Companies Act to axe them.