MDDA board, management point fingers at each other over agency's troubles

The leadership meltdown at the agency was revealed during a meeting of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications.

Acting CEO of Media Development and Diversity Agency Donald Liphoko. Picture: themediaonline.co.za

CAPE TOWN - The board and management of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) have blamed each other for troubles at the state-owned entity responsible for supporting community media.

Acting CEO Donald Liphoko on Tuesday told Members of Parliament (MPs) the board instructed security guards to shut him out of his office.

The leadership meltdown at the agency was revealed during a meeting of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications.

The board claims Liphoko signed off on documents without authorisation and missed crucial meetings.

But he's blamed the board for the agency's decline.

“In actual fact what happens here is that the board members isolate, they misdirect and they purposefully misinterpret the actions of those identified as standing in their way.”

Liphoko, who joined in May, says previous executives lasted just four months in the job because of the board's interference.

Board members seated next to him shuffled in their seats and shook their heads in dismay.

Unimpressed MPs asked them to return, with the minister, next week, to sort out the problem.

Lawmakers will then decide whether to hold an inquiry into the board's fitness to hold office.