AG to investigate SABC board

2012-11-01 14:37
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The auditor general (AG) is now going to investigate the fractious SABC board, derailed after months of bitter in-fighting between board members, accusing each other of corruption and mismanagement and paralysing decision-making within SABC top ranks.

The acrimonious in-fighting between the SABC board and SABC board member Cawe Mahlati will now be investigated by the AG. 

Parliament's portfolio committee on communications asked the AG to investigate the SABC board.

In September the SABC board chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane shocked parliament when he announced that the SABC has "degenerated into serious dysfunctionality".

He revealed that the entire SABC board has unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in Mahlati and wants her gone. Mahlati has refused to step down.

'Rampant maladministration'

In a highly embarrassing public spectacle on 18 September with the whole SABC board in parliament, Mahlati lashed back in parliament against "the rampant maladministration and corruption in the SABC board" under the "autocratic and patriarchal" leadership style of Ngubane.

Now the portfolio committee on communications, which had to decide what course of action to take next, unanimously voted to get the help of the auditor-general in to probe the SABC board which is once again seen as not providing any effective leadership.

In the SABC's latest annual report, the SABC missed most of its set strategic objectives.

According to Eric Kholwane, chairperson of the portfolio committee on communications, the comittee could recommend that Mahlati be removed from the SABC board, depending on the outcome of the AG's findings.


  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-11-01 14:50

    The moment hear people talking about a turnaround strategy then please know that then is no strategic vision, if you knew where we're going you would not need to turnaround, worse you are so completetly lost that you are still reevaluating a strategy to make you turnaround.great is this darkness, that the drivers are fighting amongst themselves instead if helping each other to find a right strategy.....

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-11-01 15:14

    Fire the lot and get some decent people on board!!

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-11-01 15:17

    just close the sabc so i dont have to pay a tv license.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-01 15:40

      You pay it? lol!

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-01 16:00

    SABC has to get its house in order otherwise they must forget about our monthly or yearly contributions for tv licenses because once we pay they will misuse it for their benefit while we the contributors then suffer as a results of their in fighting for positions for their monitary gain too, we are tired of SABC leaders and the government should do some thing about that before it is too late, it seems as if all government departments and businesses are in danger of being under bad administration.Come on ruling party we want to see some differences as we have voted you in power.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-11-01 16:02

    too much chiefs and too little indians everybody is in charge and they all have their own agendas which is to steal as much as possible in the shortest time before you get caught

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-01 16:05

    It's been like this for years, and we all know nothing will change. There are so many investigations past and present, but is there ever any decisive action? - No. And that's why nothing ever changes and the rot continues to grow.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-01 17:00

    In-fighting everywhere! Everyone wants to be the Chief!

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