The announcement was made by the Chairperson of the SABC’s interim Board, Khanyisile Kweyama, at a press conference following a meeting with Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. The Chairperson also assured the public that the Board will be reversing some of the decisions Motsoeneng made during his tenure at the SABC. This includes the ban on violent visuals and a realignment of the local content policy with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) rules. The Chairperson also emphasised that whilst the financial situation at the Broadcaster was dire, salaries have yet to go unpaid and they are waiting on the requested bailout from Treasury.
The FW de Klerk Foundation and its Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) welcome the decision to dismiss Motsoeneng from the SABC. The transparency with which the disciplinary process was conducted and the speed with which a decision was made are laudable, considering the obstacles they faced. The interim Board is commended for its stance on unlawful conduct and its apparent respect for the principles of openness, transparency and respect for the Rule of Law. It is high time that the relevant parliamentary portfolio committees intervened in similar fashion with other state-owned enterprises, including Denel and Eskom, in order to address the seeming endemic corruption and ineptitude.
By Rebecca Sibanda: Legal Assistant, Centre for Constitutional Rights