'SABC board's failure to implement remedial action an understatement'

The EFF says the board went a step further by obtaining legal opinion that effectively countered what Thuli Madonsela had said.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) inquiry has heard the board’s handling of the Public Protector’s report was not simply a case of it failing to implement Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action.

Economic Freedom Fighters Member of Parliament Fana Mokoena says the board under former chairperson Ellen Tshabalala went a step further by obtaining legal opinion that effectively countered what Madonsela had said and chose to act on that instead.

“To say they failed to implement is an understatement because they directly opposed the Public Protector’s remedial action by implementing their own remedial action which is to advise and act on it, which is much greater than failing to implement.”

The SABC board did not take Madonsela’s 2014 report When governance and ethics fail on review.

And in spite of its damning findings against Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the board appointed him as the chief operating officer of the public broadcaster.

Parliament’s inquiry into the SABC board is now compiling its draft report.

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