Two SABC board positions re-advertised

MPs have taken a decision to re-advertise the positions, which have been vacant for several months.

FILE: There are currently six vacancies on the SABC board, placing it at risk of missing a quorum. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) have taken a decision to re-advertise two positions on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board in the hope of attracting suitably qualified candidates to fill posts that have been left vacant for several months.

The communications sub-committee received just 24 CVs to replace Bongani Khumalo who resigned from the public broadcaster's board in January, and Thembinkosi Bonakele, who left almost a year ago.

There are currently six vacancies on the board, placing it at risk of missing a quorum.

Last week the sub-committee decided to hold off on re-advertising the positions, despite not being happy with the quality of CVs they had received.

At the time, they agreed to consider candidates who didn't make the cut during a previous shortlisting process.

Today African National Congress MP Dikeledi Tsotetsi pushed for the positions to be re-advertised.

"Because we really don't have what it takes and continuing won't give us the required results."

Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis, while not opposed to re-advertising, said suitable candidates are reluctant to apply because board members have been arbitrarily removed.

Davis said he had been told by industry insiders that one would have to be mad to want to be part of the board.

Parliament's legal services unit, last week, advised the Portfolio Committee on Communications that the SABC board is not allowed to remove any of its members, only the President can.