What should have been a meeting of the oversight committee on communications to shortlist candidates for the South African Broadcasting Corporation's board on Tuesday degenerated into a heated standoff between MPs about whether they were rushing the process.
December saw the resignation of four members of the SABC board, namely former City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu, Krish Naidoo, Khanyisile Kweyama and John Mattison. This left the board unable to form a quorum.
The committee was meant to announce a shortlist of 24 candidates who will be interviewed to fill eight vacancies at the board. Subscribe to Fin24's newsletter hereHowever EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said on Tuesday he found it unwise to rush the process of shortlisting candidates some 80 days before the May elections with MPs preoccupied with campaigning.
"I am not comfortable because it seems to me that we are rushing the process of appointing the board. I have been here before.
This is the fourth time we are doing something like this and I don’t think we have made a diagnosis of what went wrong in the first place," Ndlozi said.