Dlodlo ‘didn’t know' her responsibility in SABC board vetting process

Ayanda Dlodlo says she did not know that she was responsible for verifying that the incumbents are qualified to assume the role of board member.

FILE: Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says her department was told by the Presidency not to run parallel processes in the vetting process of interim board members at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

This is as pressure mounts for President Jacob Zuma to make the appointment after the term of the five-member interim board appointed to restore stability to the public broadcaster came to an end in September.

Dlodlo says there has been a misunderstanding between her office and the Presidency and that contributed to the delay in the appointment of a permanent board at the SABC.

She says she did not know that she was responsible for verifying that the incumbents are qualified to assume the role of board member.

Dlodlo says the process is now underway.

“The department held on what it had been told previously that don’t run parallel processes. But what we did, by the way, is that we wrote the letters that will ultimately place various board members into their positions at the SABC.”

CLARITY ON SAQA

Dlodlo has blamed the delay in appointing a permanent board at the SABC on the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa) missing a deadline to return vetted names to her department.

Parliament completed its interviews of candidates last month and submitted a list of recommended board members to President Zuma to make the final decision.

Dlodlo says there was an initial misunderstanding between her department and the Presidency on who would conduct the vetting process blaming the qualifications authority for the hold-up.

“We got back to the service provider who then told us that Saqa is going to give us a response in writing, so by close of business I had not received that response. So as we speak now, there’s nothing on my table.”

However, following Dlodlo’s interview with 702’s Karima Brown the qualifications authority's CEO Joe Samuels called in to refute the claim.

“No, we have not missed the deadline, I’m categorical about that, and we have sent it to the department. I’m not saying that the minister has got it, I’m saying we have sent it to the people who have requested it.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)