Pule hopes SABC men withdraw resignations

The presidency has confirmed South Africa Communications Minister Dina Pule is attempting to persuade South African Broadcasting Corporation board chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy to withdraw their resignations.

HumanIPO reported earlier today Ngubane and deputy Thami ka Plaatje had resigned their posts, with the decision on whether or not to accept the resignations lying with President Jacob Zuma.

But presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said Pule was initially dealing with the matter.

“The matter is receiving attention from the communications department,” Maharaj told SAPA. “The minister is trying to prevail on them to withdraw their resignations. So the matter is not at the stage yet where it has reached the desk of the president.”

Pule’s spokesman Siya Qoza initially told SABC Radio President Zuma would make the decisions about the resignations, and that Pule’s reaction would depend on choice.

“Pule has been quite concerned about the goings on at the board at the SABC,” Qoza said. “It will depend on what the president says and what happens to the SABC board. It will basically be determined by whether the president accepts or declines the resignations.”

The SABC has been at the centre of controversy recently over the removal from office of acting chief operations officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

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