6 April 2023, The Citizen, Gareth Cotterell

Civil society organisations SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) criticised the delay in Ramaphosa appointing a board.

MMA even filed an urgent application with the ConCourt at the end of February.

“MMA seeks an order declaring that the president has failed to fulfil this obligation diligently and without delay, and directing him to do so without further delay.

“The application is urgent owing to the fact that the SABC, a public institution serving cardinal constitutional aims, will soon have been without a board for half a financial year, which ends on 31 March 2023,” the court papers read.

MMA Director William Bird said Ramaphosa’s delay in appointing a board was unconstitutional.

“The president cannot have such a power, as it would undercut the independence of the SABC.”

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