ANC shortlists former Youth League leader for MDDA board

Although Ronald Lamola is no longer the deputy president of the ANCYL, the DA is not happy that he's been shortlisted.

FILE: Ronald Lamola. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) may have dropped former Youth League leader Ronald Lamola from its shortlist of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board candidates, but the party now wants him to oversee another state-owned entity.

Lamola and eight others have been shortlisted to fill vacant seats on the Media Development and Diversity Agency's (MDDA) board.

The agency supports community broadcasters and small commercial projects.

Office bearers or employees of a party, movement or organisation of a political nature are not allowed to be appointed to the board.

Although Lamola is no longer the deputy president of the ANC Youth League, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is not happy that he's been shortlisted.

The DA’s Phumzile van Damme said: “The spirit of the Act is that political hacks or people ranking high in political parties cannot serve on the MDDA board. But we will deal with this during interviews.”

Others who've made the list include former multimedia manager for Parliament Martina Della Togna.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications wants to urgently fill three positions on the MDDA board.