Government could dissolve SABC board

The government looks set to dissolve the South African Broadcasting Corporation board, rather than fill the nine vacancies left by a host of resignations.

HumanIPO reported earlier today a further six board members had resigned, following the high-profile departures of its chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy Thami ka Plaatjie.

Since those resignations were accepted by President Jacob Zuma, Sikhumbuzo Kholwane, communications portfolio committee chairman, has said they could decide to dissolve the entire board following a report from the minister, Dina Pule, due tomorrow (Tuesday).

Speaking this afternoon, Sikhumbuzo said: “Effectively we are looking at a period of two to three months to fill the vacancies.

“Surely, if the committee says let’s dissolve what’s remaining of the board, which will be in line with the act, after the presentation of the minister … what it means is we must recommend five names to the president to be able to have an interim board.”

The crisis began with the confusing, and seemingly still not resolved, departure of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the acting chief operating officer.

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