On Friday, the SOS: Support Public Coalition (SOS), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) lodged their application to the North Gauteng High Court against the SABC, the Minister of Communications, The Hon. Faith Muthambi and, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, respectively.
For all too long has dishonesty and corrupt conduct by senior officials plagued our valued public broadcaster for scandal following scandal with no ostensible improvement. This malaise eating away at the integrity of our SABC has become an endless repeat story we are tired of being subjected to.
We were disappointed to learn that the inquiry had to be postponed pending Tshabalala’s formal response to Parliament on the charges laid against her. We note that Tshabalala has twice missed the deadlines accorded her by Parliament to respond to the simple question: did she or did she not mislead Parliament by misrepresenting her qualifications under oath?
As the inquiry unfolds, we hope that Parliament will ensure transparency in the process both in form (as it has, so far, by insisting on keeping the hearings open to the public) and in substance (by following the letter of the law with no fear or favour).
Urgent Industry and Civil Society TV Content Discussion Meeting - Local TV Content may be drastically reduced - Wednesday 3rd September at the NFVF
We call on the Committee Chair to do the right thing and summon the Minister back to Parliament to account fully and substantively on the matter of the Public Protector’s report post haste. Anything short of this can only be read as a show of the Committee’s allegiance to the executive and not the public it is required to represent, and a consummate violation of the separation of powers on which our Constitutional Democracy is founded.