19 April 2023, SABC News, Mercedes Besent

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) says it will look for ways to challenge the President’s powers in appointing a SABC Board, after consulting its legal team.

The media watchdog was commenting on whether or not it would abandon its Constitutional Court bid which is seeking to force President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint the SABC board.

Ramaphosa announced the appointment of the board on Tuesday almost four months after the National Assembly had approved the list of candidates to serve on it.

Media Monitoring Africa Director William Bird says, “I think there are some key issues around the powers of the President, and we (are) anxious to look at how we can prevent something like that from happening again. You know, you’ve had six months without a board, and while it’s a relief for everyone, I’m sure the senior executives are looking forward to having the first time of solid night’s sleep in as many months. It’s not really something that is fair on the employees of the SABC and it’s something that has placed the SABC in a precarious position.”

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