Dismissal of SABC boarder members declared legal, DA willing to approach court

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 23, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis, has described the African National Congress’ (ANC) decision to support the removal of three senior South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members as “unfortunate” despite it being regarded as illegal.

His comment comes after the ruling party earlier today in Parliament announced that it had dismissed a legal opinion to have the removals of Rachel Kalidass, Hope Zinde and Ronnie Lubisi in March declare illegal.

“It is unfortunate that the ANC today turned its back on the Constitution and the South African people, choosing to side with Minister [Faith] Muthambi instead,” Davis said in a statement.

“After hearing the Minister’s argument today, we are more convinced than ever that the removals were unlawful. The Minister was simply unable to put forward a cogent and convincing argument that the Companies Act is a legally valid instrument to remove SABC Board Members”.

Davis also stated that Muthambi’s interfering with the board and appointment of “handpicked stooges will continue to arbitrarily and unlawfully purge independently minded SABC Board members on a whim” adding that the party won’t hesitate in taking the matter further.

“Now that the ANC members of the Portfolio Committee have washed their hands of this matter, the only recourse left is to challenge the removal of the three SABC Members in court”.