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SABC board helped rivals 'steal audience'

Mar 19 2013 10:35 James-Brent Styan

Minister of Communications Dina Pule. (Picture: Supplied)

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Cape Town - Minister of Communications Dina Pule has slammed the SABC board for washing their dirty laundry in public.

Pule said much has been discussed in the media that should have remained in the boardroom.

“Board members should treat some things as confidential. Their actions have allowed competitors to access
strategic and sensitive SABC information.

"That makes it easier for competitors to steal audiences from the SABC,” Pule said.

She is appearing before parliament's portfolio committee on communications.

Pule said it is her view that the board members may not appreciate their actions fully.

“But they exposed the SABC and strategic and sensitive information was made public.”

She said she did raise her concerns with the board.

“I meet with the board every three months and in October 2012 I asked the board to desist from taking their discussions to the public in a letter.

"This letter was not acknowledged and board members kept going to the media. I may be wrong in saying it's board members, but no one else has access to the information,” Pule said.

The committee is meeting on Tuesday to decide whether to disband the SABC board. If the decision gets the green light, an interim board will have to be appointed on Tuesday afternoon.

The recent happenings follow from six resignations of board members over the weekend, and the earlier resignations of the board chair and deputy chair.

The remaining members of the SABC executive team and one of three remaining board members are in attendance.

Also present are Pule and the Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni.

The ANC chief whip in parliament is also attending the meeting.

 - Fin24

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