MPs to be briefed on Broadcasting Amendment Bill
The contentious new bill reduces the size of the SABC board and proposes a new procedure.
CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) will be briefed on a contentious new bill today which removes Parliament's role in choosing non-executive board members at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The Broadcasting Amendment Bill reduces the size of the board and proposes a new procedure for the reappointment, removal and resignation of members.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) both came out in strong opposition to the bill after it was tabled in Parliament late last year.
The bill empowers Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to establish a nomination committee to advise her on who should be appointed to the board.
The minister then recommends names to the president.
The DA's Phumzile Van Damme says the proposed amendments have the potential to severely erode the independence of the public broadcaster.
"The DA will call for a thorough public consultation on it."
There are currently six empty seats on the SABC board.
Last month, the portfolio committee shortlisted nine candidates to fill three vacancies.
They were supposed to be interviewed two weeks later, but the meeting was postponed to a date not yet determined.