MPs Call For Probe Into State Media Agency

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CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament have proposed either a forensic investigation or a Parliamentary ad hoc committee be set to carry out an enquiry into the on-going shenanigans at South Africa’s Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA).

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo had confirmed during a briefing in Parliament here Thursday that the agency is riddled with inefficiencies and mismanagement.

The MDDA is tasked with developing and diversifying the media landscape in the country but Members of Parliament say the agency’s board and its acting chief executive officer are embroiled in a bitter power struggle which has rendered it dysfunctional.

Scores of employees have resigned in protest, while others are unable to perform their duties because of boardroom battles.

Dlodlo assured the legislators after a marathon meeting with them that she will not leave any stone unturned in sorting out the crisis at the MDDA,

“I will endeavour to ensure that everything that comes out of this meeting is resolved, there was truly a dereliction of duty at the MDDA,” she pledged.

Members of Parliament will decide next month, after receiving all necessary documentation on the MDDA, whether to dissolve the existing board and launch a full blown enquiry into its shortcomings. – BERNAMA-NNN-SABC