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SABC board appointment imminent

Date: Oct 3, 2017

South Africa’s Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says the impasse on the appointment of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board should be resolved within two days.

Dlodlo was addressing Parliament after President Jacob Zuma missed a deadline last Tuesday to rubber-stamp the new board.  Dlodlo has told the Portfolio Committee on Communications that the President is being thorough because previously qualifications of board members were not verified.

In 2014, former SABC Board Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala resigned before Zuma could fire her, as was recommended by Parliament, who found that she had lied about her qualifications. 

Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party (SACP) has joined a chorus of critics asking the President to end the governance vacuum at the SABC and approve a new board. The term of the interim board expired at the end of September and Zuma missed a deadline last Tuesday to rubber stamp the new board. There have been reports that he wants at least two names removed from the list approved by Parliament.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo says the President should be held liable should the SABC suffer any losses.

Ntebo Mokobo

 

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