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
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).