It is with shock and anger that we note the latest scandal unfolding at the public broadcaster, again, caused by non-employees of the SABC…the Board.
On the sixth of November BEMAWU wrote an email, requesting that the SABC follow a transparent process in filling the top 3 positions at the broadcaster.
We have not received a response from the SABC. And we are currently contemplating bringing a court application to compel the SABC to follow a transparent and open process, when appointing it’s executives.
The SABC is like a broken record. It once again finds itself on a slippery slope, and failing correction, employees will once again suffer the consequences of the instability created by the Board.
We commend Ms Kalidass for her courage to speak up, and regret that she has resigned. The SABC needs more people of her caliber to serve on the board.
We call for the urgent intervention of the Portfolio Committee, as well as the Communications Minister to speedily resolve this latest crisis. We are asking for measures to be put in place whereby the Board can be closely supervised by the Portfolio Committee, at least until there is proper stability.
From: BEMAWU OFFICE [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2017 10:32 AM
To: Nomsa Philiso <email@example.com>
Subject: NAMES AND CV’S OF APPLICANTS WHO APPLIED FOR THE TOP 3 POSITIONS AT SABC
The Group Chief Executive
Ms. Nomsa Philiso
This serves as a request to bring the contents of this email to the attention of the SABC Board.
The Broadcasting, Electronic Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) is calling on the SABC Board to publish the names, qualifications and CV’s of all the applications it received for the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. The Public Broadcaster is a national asset, belonging to the people of South Africa and we believe it is only fair the very same people are aware of who applied for those positions, and to follow the appointment process of the best candidates. We believe the same public scrutiny process must be followed as was done in the instance of the Board to remove any bias and suspicion of improper decisions when filling the top three positions.
As no appointment has been made as yet, we urge the Board to confirm in writing to BEMAWU it will make public the names of the Applicants and their CV’s on the SABC’s website within seven (7) days from this communique.
Kindly also provide us with a contact email address of the Board.
Hannes du Buisson