Saturday, October 7, 2017

Zuma wants to control the SABC

President Jacob Zuma is accused of delaying the appointment of the SABC board so he can make his own appointments, reported the City Press.

Zuma and Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo are interested in placing their candidates in the positions of COO, CEO, and CFO, stated the report.

The latest report follows recent news that Zuma was stalling the appointment of a new SABC board. This was allegedly so Zuma could interfere with the SABC's executive management team.

Sources told City Press that Dlodlo and the now defunct interim board fought over the recommended names for the positions.

While high-calibre professional were put forward by the interim board, Dlodlo allegedly wanted to "ram through her preferred candidates".

"The ANC's deployment committee also wants to have a say in who occupies the three strategic positions," said the City Press.

This is despite the Broadcasting Act stating the president has no say in the selection process of the SABC's board members.

Huge loss

While a fight for control of the SABC ensues, the broadcaster recently posted a R977-million loss after tax for the 2016/17 financial year.

The net loss more than doubled from R412 million in 2016, following the dissolution of the permanent board in late 2016.

Part of the drop was attributed to advertising revenue decreasing by 5% to R5.6 billion. Sponsorship revenue declined by 18% to R384 million, while TV licence revenue decreased 7% to R915 million.

Now read: The SABC's financial mismanagement is terrifying – Interim chairperson

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