DA demands SABC chair appointment be withdrawn

President Jacob Zuma has been asked to rescind the appointment of Mbulaheni Maghuve as SABC chair.

The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has been asked to rescind the appointment of Professor Mbulaheni Maghuve as chairperson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The Presidency announced on Friday acting chair Maguvhe as Ellen Tshabalala's replacement with immediate effect.

Zuma also appointed Leah Khumalo as deputy chairperson.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to Zuma saying the appointment was irrational.

Maghuve was acting chairperson when the board removed three of its own in March.

DA Member of Parliament Gavin Davis said Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications was still considering a legal opinion which effectively found the board acted unlawfully.

He said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi would have to explain the dismissals when she appeared before the committee on Tuesday.

"We want the minister to tell us why she believes the unilateral removal of three SABC board members was lawful when a Parliamentary legal opinion has since found their removal illegal."

Maghuve has been in the acting position since Tshabalala's departure from the national broadcaster at the end of last year.

She caused a storm of controversy for not providing proof of her qualifications.

Tshabalala finally resigned after a parliamentary committee found her guilty of lying to Parliament and of misconduct for lying about having a degree.