Showdown at the SABC: Acting CEO Aguma takes on Board Deputy Tsedu

It seems stiff bristles are required of the new broom sweeping clean at the SABC. Remaining Acting CEO James Aguma, who allegedly gave permission for court-excised loose-cannon Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s controversial press conference, is on the carpet. A bristling Mathatha Tsedu, new deputy chairperson of the interim SABC board says Aguma was at the board meeting where disciplinary steps against Motsoeneng were agreed upon. However, Aguma declares the opposite decision was taken. He’s even signed an affidavit saying he authorised the weird Motsoeneng conference. Somebody’s bluffing, and my bet is that it’s not Tsedu, who has a long and distinguished media career behind him. Now Aguma’s apparently too sick to appear before parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts. My mischievous mind, registering this as predictable SABC nonsense, says why doesn’t some skilled screenwriter script a soapie based on the past and present mischief/corruption that has the public broadcaster fizzing around like a misguided Guy Fawkes rocket? An opposition television station could make merry money with it. Of course, it would have to be satirical and “fictional” to avoid protracted legal interdiction, but the material simply needs collating. Satirical drama, much like what goes on at all the other State-owned enterprises. – Chris Bateman

By Jan Gerber, News24

Cape Town – James Aguma is no longer the acting CEO of the SABC.

Communications Minister Ayando Dlodlo announced this on Wednesday morning to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa). She said the current governance at the public broadcaster couldn’t continue.

The general executive for technology, Tsheliso Ralitabo, has been appointed as acting CEO.

Aguma, who is still chief financial officer (CFO), wasn’t present at the meeting. He has been absent due to illness since Monday, the committee heard.

Mathatha Tsedu, deputy chairperson of the interim SABC board, said that Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s lawyers had provided an affidavit in which Aguma stated that he had given permission to Motsoeneng to hold his controversial press conference last month. Aguma states, in the affidavit, that the board had decided not to take disciplinary steps against Motsoeneng in relation to this.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with Mathata Tsedu, Jovial Rantoa and Ray Louw at the South African National Editors’ Forum meeting at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

Tsedu said the board had, in fact, decided to institute disciplinary steps, which will be heard this Wednesday, and that Aguma had been part of that meeting.

DA MP Tim Brauteseth said there should be steps taken against Aguma because of this.

The meeting continues.

Source: http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/james-aguma-no-longer-acting-sabc-ceo-20170517

SABC CEO: Aguma sick but not out as acting CEO

Cape Town – The SABC currently has a new acting CEO, but this is only while James Aguma is on sick leave.

Communications minister Ayando Dlodlo announced on Wednesday morning to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that the general executive for technology Tsheliso Ralitabo has been appointed as acting CEO.

Mathatha Tsedu, deputy chairperson of the interim SABC board, later clarified that Ralitabo has only been appointed as acting CEO while Aguma was on sick leave. He remains CFO and acting CEO.

Dlodlo also said the current governance at the public broadcaster couldn’t continue. The process to appoint a permanent CEO and CFO was already underway.

That’s all folks, or is it? Zapiro on Hlaudi Motsoeneng. More magic available at www.zapiro.com.

Aguma was not present at the meeting. He has been absent due to illness since Monday, the committee heard.

Tsedu said Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s lawyers provided a affidavit in which Aguma stated that he gave permission to Motsoeneng to hold his controversial press conference last month, and the board did not decide to institute disciplinary steps against Motsoeneng relating to this.

Tsedu said the board did decide to institute disciplinary steps, which will be heard this Wednesday, and that Aguma was part of that meeting.

DA MP Tim Brauteseth said there should be steps taken against Aguma because of this.