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The public and civil society will have five working days to go through the CVs and make submissions

File image. Picture: Independent Media

THE SABC HAS an excellent opportunity to re-establish itself as a public broadcaster that all South Africans can trust and be proud of – after being prised from the control of the incompetent double act of former communications minister Faith Muthambi and former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

We hope that when the portfolio committee on communications chooses 12 people from a shortlist of 36 to make up the permanent SABC board next week, it will choose wisely.

There has been a welcome effort by members representing various parties to avoid the mistakes of the past. In whittling down all the nominations and applications, there has been no attempt by the governing ANC to use its majority to push through its choices.

There are some impressive candidates on the shortlist. It is impressive, too, that the committee has agreed to publish the CVs of the shortlisted candidates on Parliament’s website. It will offer the public and civil society five working days to go through the CVs and make submissions.

We urge the public to make use of this opportunity so that they can appreciate the value of helping to build our country, rather than only criticising its weaknesses.

We agree with the views of the DA’s Phumzile van Damme and the ANC’s Moses Tseli about getting the public involved in the selection process.

Van Damme said the publishing of the CVs would go a long way towards providing an opportunity for civil society to research the candidates. Tseli said public comments should be made available to the committee before the interviews.

Nothing will be left to chance. Before being interviewed between Thursday and Friday next week, shortlisted candidates will be sent forms to fill in and to give consent for the verification of their qualifications and security checks.

We hope that the people chosen will be successful in what is likely to be a tough rebuilding process for the broadcaster.

Like all South Africans, it is our sincere wish that any drama at the SABC will in future be in the programmes that it airs on radio or TV – and not in its boardrooms.