Committee nominates new SABC board

Parliamentarians from the Democratic Alliance and Cope are not happy with the list of candidates.

The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications on Tuesday elected a new 12-member South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The names will be put forward to President Jacob Zuma for approval.

But opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) are not happy with the list.

The interim board's term expires next week.

The interim body was appointed for a six-month period after the majority of members on the previous board resigned.

MPs on the committee couldn't agree on the 12 people who should serve on the permanent SABC board.

Ultimately, the ANC used its majority to ensure its list came out tops.

Opposition MPs accused the ruling party of simply trying to ensure only its favourite candidates are chosen.

Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Congress of the People (Cope) had their objections noted, but it was a futile exercise.

Those chosen include interim chairperson Ellen Tshabalala, Mpumalanga auditor Rachel Kalidass and lawyer Krish Naidoo.

Sports administrator Zola Majavu, academic and author professor William Gumede and vocal SABC critic Kate Skinner didn't make the cut.

Cope's Juli Kilian doesn't believe the strongest candidates were chosen.

"There is far too much emphasis on people that could be described as political deployees of the ANC and Luthuli House."

The DA's Marian Shinn agrees, saying an opportunity for fresh talent was missed.

"There's a lot of good, young and bright talent that put their names forward. They've been sidelined for ANC loyalists."

Suggested permanent board members:

Ms Rachel Kalidaas (An auditor based in Mpumalanga)

Ms Ellen Zandile Tshabalala (Interim director at the SABC)

Mr King Thembinkosi Bonakele (Lawyer, worked for the Competition Commission until March this year)

Mr Vusumuzi Mavuso (A Johannesburg regional government administrator, interim SABC board member)

Ms Nomvuyo Mhlakaza (Manager at the National Youth Development Agency)

Mr Ronnie Lubisi (Chartered Accountant and interim SABC board member)

Prof Bongani Khumalo (CEO of National Lottery operator Gidani)

Prof Mbulaheni Obert Maguvhe (Associate professor at Unisa)

Mr Krish Naidoo (Attorney)

Dr Aaron Tshidzumba (Journalism lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology)

Ms Noluthando Gosa (CEO of Akhona Properties, interim SABC board member)

Ms Hope Zinde (Director at Hope Zinde Communications)