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[UPDATE] Tsheliso Ralitabo named new acting CEO of SABC

SABC general executive for technology Tsheliso Ralitabo will serve as the acting CEO of the public broadcaster for the next week while James Aguma is off ill.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation has a new acting CEO for the next week, namely the general executive for technology Tsheliso Ralitabo.

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo told Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) this morning she had asked the interim board to find a new turnaround strategist to minimise the resistance from the chief financial officer James Aguma.

Members of the committee have called for Aguma to be suspended. He's been booked off on sick leave.

This as former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng today faces a disciplinary hearing for remarks made at an unsanctioned press conference last month.

The Communications Minister did not beat around the bush and said the public broadcaster is in crisis.

"We seriously have a problem at the SABC."

However, deputy board chairman Mathatha Tsedu has given staff the assurance they will be paid.

"This board took a decision that its board payments will be suspended in total until the financial situation at the SABC has been regularised."

Scopa is outraged that Aguma was not in attendance at Wednesday's meeting, and wants the board to take disciplinary action against him.

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