ANC hauls SABC over the coals over Motsoeneng

Jackson Mthembu’s told media at a briefing in Parliament that the SABC Board is failing in its duties.

YouTube screengrab of ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says the situation at the SABC is a cause of "serious embarrassment", not only for the public broadcaster, but also for the governing party.

Mthembu is briefing journalists at Parliament.

He says the South African Broadcasting Corporation Board is "failing spectacularly" in its duties, and says Parliament must launch an inquiry into its members' fitness to lead the institution.

The ANC chief whip says the SABC board's appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng to another senior post after his previous appointment as chief operating officer was set aside by the courts is "the last straw".

Mthembu says the decision is in violation of judgments handed down by the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal, and that it points to a management at the SABC that has no respect for the rule of law.

He adds the decision is unlawful and the board must meet immediately and rescind it.

Mthembu is calling for a full Parliamentary inquiry into whether the SABC board is fit to carry out its duties.

The SABC board made the announcement of Motsoeneng's new role as General Executive: Corporate Affairs in Johannesburg yesterday.

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