The SABC has been facing serious challenges recently, which include the resignation of SABC board chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy, Thami ka Plaatjie. There is also a battle surrounding the dismissal of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng by the board.
In a Sunday Times interview Pule was asked about calls for her resignation following the continued problems at the state broadcaster.
“Why should I resign when the SABC has problems? I’m not the board and I did not appoint the board. Why aren’t there calls for the committee that appointed the board to resign?” Pule answered.
The communications minister said that she is politically responsible for the SABC, but that it is in partnership with a committee.
“There is no way you can appoint a chairman and then, when this person does something wrong, you want me to take responsibility,” said Pule.
Pule also lambasted the SABC board for ‘not behaving like adults’: “Somebody must ask why are the board members behaving like that. Because they are not children; we are not talking about school children here.”
The Sunday Independent report on Pule
A separate report in The Sunday Independent newspaper alleges that three months before the SABC’s suspended chief financial officer was appointed, Pule held “secret meetings” with her, according to an internal report.
“The minister apparently offered Gugu Duda the job. In turn, Duda allegedly promised a former colleague, Nomakhaya Malebane, a job as deputy chief financial officer ‘to assist her in the office as the CFO due to her (Duda) lack of sufficient experience and exposure as a financial manager at an executive level’,” The Sunday Independent reported.
“Malebane was hired as one of the two consultants in Duda’s office at a cost of R137,500 a month,” the newspaper stated.
According to The Sunday Independent the allegations are contained in a forensic report titled “various allegations in the office of the CFO” compiled by the public broadcaster’s forensic audit unit.