Saturday, May 22, 2010

SAPA release - SABC chair backs Molefe

The following news update from - SAPA on the SABC head of news issue as issued by SABC. While SASFED formulates a response, please feel free to comment as to the tone of the response from the SABC board chair or any other related issues in this post.

SABC chair backs Molefe
2010-05-22 16:02

Johannesburg - There was no "breach of corporate governance" in the appointment of Phil Molefe as head of SABC News, the broadcaster's chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane said on Saturday.

"I have noted all the issues raised in the public domain around the process of this appointment," he said in a statement.

"I believe that all processes were followed and there was no breach of corporate governance."

He also urged the SABC board not to publicise internal matters.

This after board member Pippa Green told media that Molefe's appointment was not approved by them.

Ngubane said he authorised the appointment because he felt that Molefe satisfied all requirements for the position.

"After considering all the factors before me, that necessitated the speedy finalisation of this process, and after going to the SABC booklet on criteria for interviews, I made the decision... because he satisfied all the requirements as agreed to by all board members," he said.

Molefe was appointed on Thursday after a year of acting in the position.

"The board and I are happy that this matter has been brought to finality as promised as this was a key vacant position that needed to be filled to stabilise the corporation," he said.