SOS is alarmed to learn of the findings in the Public Protector’s preliminary report on the investigation her office undertook on the SABC. The investigation into the public broadcaster followed a series of complaints by SABC staff concerning a range of irregularities by senior and executive staff, members of the Board and former Minister of Communications, Dina Pule.
The Coalition wishes to underscore the importance of both preserving and strengthening the integrity of the public process through which the SABC Board is appointed to ensure that skilled, ready and committed individuals of high integrity can be attracted to and be retained on the Board in the service of the people of South Africa.
The SOS Coalition notes the candidates recommended by the Portfolio Committee on Communications for the SABC Board. The SABC has, for all too long, been wracked by serious instability and conflicts at various levels and, most notably, at the Board level, resulting in an alarming turn over of five Boards in five years.
While it fails to face up to financial scrutiny unsullied, the SABC will never be able to regain public confidence and, in turn, greater investment into public programming – its lifeblood and very raison d’être. South Africa deserves an SABC that works.
The SOS Coalition notes President Zuma’s appointment of the Honourable Yunus Carrim as the new Minister of Communications. We further note with great concern that this will be the fourth such appointment since 2009 in a Ministry beleaguered by instability and controversy over its leadership and delivery of the critical imperative of ensuring all South Africans have access to robust, reliable, affordable access to quality public broadcasting and secure ICT services in order to advance socio-economic development goals.