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SABC appoints political editor

The SABC has appointed Abbey Makoe as its new political editor.

The SABC office block in Aukland Park. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday said it has full confidence in the appointment of Abbey Makoe as political editor.

He will take up the position on Monday.

Makoe left the SABC in 2008.

He courted controversy several years ago, when he established the Black Journalists Forum, and then prevented some white reporters from attending one of its Johannesburg events.

The SABC's Kaizer Kganyago said, "There's been lots of candidates, but it's safe for us to say he was the right candidate for the job."

In April, the public broadcaster placed head of news Phil Molefe on special leave with immediate effect.

The broadcaster denied allegations that its decision was politically motivated.

The SABC has not yet set a date for Molefe's disciplinary hearing.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly's Portfolio Committee on Communications has shortlisted six people to be interviewed to fill a vacancy on the SABC Board.

The post was left vacant after Clifford Motsepe stepped down earlier in 2012.