SABC board wants Mahlati gone

2012-09-12 11:25
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The SABC board has "degenerated into serious dysfunctionality," chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane has admitted to parliament, pleading with the government to remove board member Cawekazi Mahlati.

According to previous reports, and again reiterated by Ngubane to parliament's portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday, Cawekazi Mahlati is allegedly a highly disruptive force in SABC board meetings and beyond.

In August both the SABC board and the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) indicated they want Mahlati gone – both passed a motion of no confidence in her.

Mahlati allegedly tried to obtain tenders from the public broadcaster according to the SABC board and the CWU.

"It's a sad matter this; we thought we had turned the corner at the SABC, but the SABC board has degenerated into serious dysfunctionality, because one board member continuously attacks the company secretary and continuously attacks other board members," Ngubane told parliament.

Serious breaches

Ngubane said that Mahlati campaigned for the removal of the acting chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng because he was blocking the processing of a tender she appeared to have had an interest in.

"The minutes would show that this board member was punting Atos as a supplier, which would have cost us R500m outside of proper tender procedures," said Ngubane.

"There have been serious breaches of order at board meetings, so another two sets of votes of no confidence [in Mahlati] were taken," said Ngubane.

"This board is going to be highly dysfunctional as long as this member continues to be given the freedom to do what she wants," he said.

He told parliament that the SABC board unanimously wants Mahlati gone and for parliament's portfolio committee on communications to suspend her and for the matter to be investigated.

Mahlati couldn't be reached for comment.


  • magomarele - 2012-09-12 12:01

    SABC Board has been a joke for very long time. They've always used the broadcaster as a mouth-piece for ruling party, since apartheid regime. Now, it's a centre of power struggle between two warring ANC factions vying for absolute power in Mangaung. Everyone wants to control SABC to their own ends. The sad thing is the poor opposition parties never get any airtime or are being vilified and marginalised in favour of the ruling party factions. The nation doesn't get to benefit anything from SABC except government propaganda. People like Snuki Zikalala and Dali Mpofu are responsible for destroying SABC’s core values. We had thought that after apartheid regime’s abuse of SABC, things would change, but we were wrong. I hope the chairman, Dr Ben Ngubane, would do his best to ensure that ruling party puppets are ejected out of the public broadcaster.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-12 14:05

      More prove that BBEEE and Cadre deployment does not work.

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