The new week hadn’t started yet and already another story about the beleaguered South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) made headline news on 23 October. The Sunday Independent reported that board members took issue with their chairman Ben Ngubane regarding a letter written to the board by Minister of Communications Roy Padayachie over the recommendation of Tau Morwe for the position of SABC CEO.
According to the newspaper report, the Minister’s letter asked why Morwe, CEO of Transnet’s National Ports Authority, had been recommended when he had no broadcasting experience.
Ngubane reportedly did not inform all board members about the letter and sent the Minister all documents from recruitment agency Spencer Steward pertaining to interviews with candidates. He maintained he had the right to repond to the Minister without calling a board meeting.