SABC candidate’s name removed after failure to provide qualifications

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 25, 2015

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has removed the name of one of the candidates shortlisted to replace departed Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala, after he failed to submit proof of his academic qualifications.

According to CityPress, former Media Development and Diversity Agency head, Lumko Mtimde, had his name removed from the list after not being able to provide evidence of the credentials as listed on his CV. His exact qualifications as well as the requirements needed for the position was not revealed.

Mtimde’s removal comes after he was one of six candidates nominated for position left vacant following Tshabalala’s dismissal for lying about her academic records in December last year.

Despite reportedly receiving the backing from ANC MP due to his experience in the field, Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis, objected to Mtimde being put forward as an applicant, citing his involvement in the controversial Media Appeals Tribunal in 2010 as reason.

“My concern is that this candidate is on the record as saying he supports a media tribunal in South Africa.  I don’t believe that somebody who supports a media tribunal is somebody who you could characterise as committed to freedom of expression,” the paper quoted Davis as saying.

“I don’t believe that somebody who wants the state to regulate what journalists say is somebody you could say is committed to freedom of expression or the right of the public to be informed.”

Rebuking his Davis’ allegations, SABC Committee Chairperson, Joyce Moloi-Moropa, described Mtimde as a hard working person who has the experience to match.

“I think he’s a very committed person who goes all out when he is given a task. He has knowledge in this area because he worked in this sector,” she said.

“It also goes back to participating in the SABC at the time and if one thinks back, the SABC during those times was a completely different, credible institution at the time, and that’s what we are longing for”

Mtimde has meanwhile stated that he does not know what took place, but that he won’t hold anyone accountable for the decision.

 

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