Our friends at the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) support the interventions taken by the SOS Coalition against the Minister of Communications to prevent her playing any direct role in the appointment of SABC executive directors.
We needn’t overstate how this was a direct affront on the hard-won constitutional freedoms of expression and information enshrined in the Bill of Rights. What is, perhaps, less known yet equally disgraceful is that Parliament, as the the highest legislative body in the land, would contravene an Act of law it passed in that very chamber.
We do not need to belabour the urgency with which the broadcasting digital migration project must be launched and concluded. With the June ITU deadline looming, and no hopes for an extension, every day that goes by without your and government taking the right decision on conditional access and launching DTT compromises the future of free-to-air (FTA) television.
Pleased as we are to see her exit from our public broadcaster, we are, nevertheless, dismayed and saddened that she chose to drag this matter for as long as she did, bringing an SABC Board that has for years been mired in controversy and scandal into further disrepute. Indeed, she continues to claim, and without evidence, that she holds these qualifications and that it is UNISA’s integrity and not hers that is so severely compromised.
Today, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Commuications conducted a formal inquiry into allegations that SABC Board Chairperson, Ellen Zandile Tshabalala