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DA exploring ways to force Zuma to appoint permanent SABC board

The DA says many concerns raised by SABC staff could have been prevented if the broadcaster had a board in place.

FILE: The SABC offices in Auckland Park, in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it’s currently exploring what steps it can take to force President Jacob Zuma to appoint a permanent the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The party has called for an urgent meeting in Parliament and appointment of the SABC board following threats of strike action by the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu).

Bemawu is demanding, among other things, the immediate appointment of the SABC board as recommended by Parliament.

They also demand the suspension of several managers involved in the suspension of the SABC 8.

The DA says many concerns raised by SABC staff could have been prevented if the broadcaster had a board in place.

DA’s Phumzile van Damme said: “The DA supports the SABC staff’s rights to engage in a legal strike action. We believe that the demands contained in the final letter, sent to the SABC management by Bemawu and CWU are reasonable, part curly in demanding the immediate appointment of a permanent board.”

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