Cape Town - Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has moved to withdraw a bill that was described as a “power grab” of the SABC by then minister Faith Muthambi, who has been linked to allegations of state capture.
On Wednesday, the withdrawal of the contentious Broadcasting Amendment Bill - which Muthambi was pushing - was described as a victory by civil society organisations.
The bill gave Muthambi powers to appoint the SABC board, taking the authority away from Parliament. It also called for the reduction of the size of the non-executive directors of the SABC board from 12 to nine.
At the time, many MPs were left fuming, saying Muthambi was trying to steamroll Parliament to bend over backwards on the bill.
Muthambi could not be reached for comment yesterday. Mokonyane was left to withdraw the bill after Parliament's communications committee stalled on it.