SABC's Kanyisiwe Mkonza: I do agree, I suck as a leader. Btw can we have a clothing allowance?
Yesterday’s proceedings ended with Pansy Tlakula asking if she and other members of the board were entitled to a clothing allowance, since the committee had requested that they attend today’s hearings.
Her request, which was not a joke, was politely dismissed by Ismael Vadi, the chair of the portfolio committee on communication.
EMBATTLED former SABC board chair Kanyisiwe Mkonza yesterday admitted that she “sucks as a leader”.
Mkonza confessed that her “weak leadership skills” led to the financial and management crisis crippling the broadcaster. However, she pointed out that “due to the political climate … the board never had a chance” of successfully carrying out its duties.
Speaking during the parliamentary portfolio committee on communication’s hearing into the dysfunctional SABC board’s fitness to hold office, Mkonza said: “I do agree, I suck as a leader, but this board never had a chance.”
Yesterday’s proceedings kicked off in farcical fashion as board members steadfastly refused to answer questions and participate saying “any inquiry in such circumstances … will not be fair”.
Suspended SABC chief executive Dali Mpofu told the hearing the crisis was not simply a financial one but a “leadership one”.