The ANC has finally relented over a controversial clause in the Broadcasting Amendment Bill that would have given the Speaker of the National Assembly the power to help decide the appointment of the SABC's board, writes Siyabonga Mkhwanazi in The Star.


MPs on the National Assembly's communications committee on Tuesday agreed to a decision by a National Council of Provinces select committee to scrap the provision – which was harshly criticised by opposition parties and civil society organisations as blurring the separation of powers between the legislature and executive.

The clause required the president of the country to consult with the Speaker about the board's appointment and was deemed unconstitutional.

The ANC's Khotso Khumalo said the ruling party was keen to have the proposed legislation passed without any further delay.

While the ANC would have preferred the clause to remain, the party accepted the council of provinces committee's decision to change it.

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