SABC failed to implement Public Protector’s remedial actions

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane told MPs the SABC board has not implemented any of the remedial action laid out in a report by her predecessor.

FILE: Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) managers failed to implement most of the remedial actions proposed by her predecessor in 2014.

Mkhwebane yesterday briefed the ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board's fitness to hold office. She told members of Parliament (MPs) she wants to bolster efforts to ensure proposed remedial action is adhered to.

Mkhwebane says the Public Protector's Office is beefing up its legal centre, which will work in conjunction with the compliance manager.

“Instead of implementing our recommendations, the SABC board went further and asked for a legal opinion without engaging on each remedial action.”

Mkhwebane says the Public Protector’s budget will need to be reshuffled in order to accommodate the move.

She has asked Justice Minister Michael Masutha to offer support by creating a framework for government departments to comply and co-operate with her office's investigations and remedial actions.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)