Interim SABC board to be appointed at the end of inquiry


An interim SABC board will only be appointed by President Jacob Zuma once the Parliamentary inquiry into the current board’s fitness to hold office concludes.

The presidency released a statement on Wednesday, saying that “Upon the dissolution of the board‚ the president is required by the Broadcasting Act to appoint an interim board consisting of three executive members of the board and five persons recommended by the National Assembly.”

The statement also pointed out that the president had 10 days after receiving recommendations from the National Assembly to appoint the board and that the board would have a mandate to serve for a maximum of six months. It also pointed out that the president had accepted the resignation of the last remaining non-executive member, chairperson Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe.

The parliamentary portfolio committee on communications said that Maghuve’s resignation justified the committee’s resolve on October 5 to ask the entire board to resign or face an inquiry into its fitness to serve. Portfolio committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana said that the committee felt vindicated by Maghuve’s decision but felt that he should have “resigned earlier without resorting to delaying tactics that wasted the time of Parliament.”

Maxegwana went on to say that committee remained concerned by “the allegations that Prof Maguvhe might have misled the ad hoc committee” and will request an investigation into the allegation.

The allegation refers to an accusation leveled by Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme at Maghuve, when she directly asked him about his urgent court interdict to prevent the inquiry from going ahead that failed. The DA MP said that his advocate clearly stated in court that the application was in his personal capacity and that the SABC only joined in at a later stage.

She then asked him, “So why would you mislead this committee and say you didn’t know it was in your personal capacity?”