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Should the SABC be broken up?

Former SABC board member Pippa Green says the time has come to consider breaking the corporation up.

Former SABC board member Pippa Green says the time has come to consider breaking the corporation up into smaller pieces to ensure it is properly run. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The time had come to consider breaking the corporation up into smaller pieces to ensure it is properly run, former SABC board member Pippa Green said on Tuesday.

She also said for it ever to be fully stable in the long-term, it needs to be properly insulated from political influence.

Yesterday, the National Assembly dissolved the SABC board and recommended the president appointments a new interim board.

Green said the current system needed to change.

"You need to have some kind of layer that protects the SABC between the board and the politicians."

She also revealed there have been discussions about breaking the corporation up.

"The feasibility of that has not been investigated, but it might be worth investigating that option so that the states are smaller and the fights are less."

The dissolved SABC board collapsed after a huge disagreement about whether Hlaudi Motsoeneng should be removed from the post of acting chief operating officer.

Former chairperson Ben Ngubane and deputy Thami ka Plaatjie, who were reportedly in favour of keeping Motsoeneng in his position as COO, resigned from the board earlier this month. Six other board members resigned on Monday, while Green withdrew from the board yesterday.

'THERE'S STILL HOPE FOR THE SABC'

Incoming SABC interim board member Iraj Abedian said he is confident that the corporation can be turned around quickly if the right governance principals are applied.

He, Zandile Tshabalala, Vusi Mavuso, Ronnie Lubisi and Noluthando Gosa - who was among those who resigned from the board - were yesterday recommended as the team that could guide the SABC through the next few months.

President Zuma has to formally approve the appointments.

Abedian said from what he heard about the public broadcaster, the corporation is in a bad position.

"It appears that principals of good governance are being violated, [and therefore] the organisation is being left in low morale - to say the least."

But he is confident it can turn around quickly.

"If we apply the right principals in such situations, it (the SABC) will turn around relatively quickly."

Abedian's been involved in similar turn around operations at Transnet and Tourism SA.

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