SABC's interim board meets

After being rocked by controversy, the new interim board of the SABC held its first meeting.

The SABC’s new interim board has held its first meeting this week.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s new interim board has held its first meeting this week after being endorsed by President Jacob Zuma.

The public broadcaster's board was dissolved in Parliament in March following a series of resignations.

The resignations had left the SABC without a functioning governing body.

It is hoped the interim board will bring some stability to the public broadcaster which has been rocked by one controversy after another.

Led by chairperson Zandile Tshabalala, the board met with Communications Minister Dina Pule last week to discuss their objectives.

Pule's spokesperson Siyabulela Qoza said, "The message was that everyone needs to work together towards making sure that South Africans get to achieve the kind of public broadcaster that they deserve."

In March, Zuma accepted the resignations of most members of the SABC board, including chairperson Ben Ngubane and his deputy Thami ka Plaaitjie.

The exodus followed a row between Ngubane and the board, reportedly about acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng's tenure.