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Lumko Mtimde nominated for top SABC position

Former SABC board member Lumko Mtimde is one of 97 candidates nominated for the position.

FILE: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Former South African Broadcasting (SABC) board member Lumko Mtimde is one of 97 candidates nominated to fill a position on the broadcaster's current board, left vacant by disgraced former Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala's resignation.

Tshabalala resigned in December after Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee found she did not have the BCom degree and post graduate diploma in labour relations she claimed to have.

The committee found she lied under oath about her qualifications being stolen.

Mtimde and most of his colleagues on the SABC board resigned in 2013, resulting in the dissolution of the board.

At the time, Mtimde and the majority of board members clashed with then chairman Ben Ngubane over a decision to remove Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the acting chief operations officer at the SABC.

Mtimde and the others wanted Motsoeneng to step down from the acting position and to return to his previous, less senior position.

With Motsoeneng now firmly entrenched in the COO position, it remains to be seen whether Mtimde will be shortlisted for the vacant position on the current board.

This will be the second time he has been nominated since 2013.

Two other former board members, William Rowland and Ashwin Trikamjee, have also been nominated.

Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee will pour over candidates' CVs when Members of Parliament (MP)s begin shortlisting names next week.

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