‘SABC board approves editorial policies’

The DA says a draft version of the policy was not subjected to a thorough public consultation process.

The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi's office says it is the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board that approves editorial policy, not the minister.

Muthambi has released a statement in response to the Democratic Alliance's (DA) call for her to withdraw the SABC's revised editorial policy, which gives COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng total control of the public broadcaster's content and programming.

The official opposition says a draft version of the policy was not subjected to a thorough public consultation process.

Muthambi's spokesperson Mish Molakeng said, "The truth is, the minister as per the Broadcasting Act, is not allowed to sign the editorial policy. However, that is the responsibility of the board to sign and implement the policy. So to suggest the minister has secretly signed and approved the policy is actually misleading."

Last year, the Western Cape High Court ordered that Motsoeneng's permanent appointment be set aside.

The DA took the matter to court believing there was a strong legal case that Motsoeneng's promotion in 2014 was irrational and unlawful given the Public Protector's findings against him.

An application for leave to appeal the High Court's ruling is yet to be heard.