Monday, August 25, 2008

Mbeki's powers restricted on SABC board

Legislation that seeks to force the President to consult the parliamentary Speaker when appointing the SABC board has been passed by the National Assembly. The Broadcasting Amendment Bill was passed by 241 votes against 51. The bill also gives Parliament the authority to remove a SABC board member and dissolve the entire board.
The bill compels the President of the republic to consult the National Assembly Speaker when appointing the SABC board. Opposition parties say this undermines the constitutional principle of the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature.

This passage of the bill was met with stiff opposition. Parties insist its part of battles between two ANC factions and an attempt by the ANC's new leadership to dictate to the President.

However, the ANC stuck to its guns, even indicating that the bill - if passed as it is - could be used against the sitting board. The bill now goes to National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

Source: Filmmaker SA

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