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Parly slammed for not filling top SABC positions

SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition says MPs have failed to follow through on their duties.

The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians are dragging their feet on filling at least three of the six vacant posts on the SABC board.

Three of those vacancies are likely to be contested in court because of the controversial manner in which board members Ronny Lubisi, Rachel Kalidass and Hope Zinde were removed.

The remaining posts were left vacant following the resignations of chairperson Ellen Tshabalala in December, Bongani Khumalo in January, and Thembinkosi Bonakele, in June last year.

Tshabalala resigned after lying about having a BCom degree and post graduate diploma in labour relations.

In March, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications shortlisted five candidates to fill Tshabalala's post, but there's been no development since.

In June, MPs decided to re-advertise the posts left vacant by Khumalo and Bonakele after a first round failed to yield enough suitable candidates to shortlist.

The list of nominees included a bricklayer and an entrepreneur who claimed to have started his first business venture at the age of six.

The posts were never re-advertised.

Spokesperson for pressure group, SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, Sekoetlane Phamodi says MPs have failed to follow through on their duties.

"They failed to re-advertise for those positions and they failed to interview and run the course of the process to ensure there are sufficient board members to serve."

The SABC insists the board has enough members to form a quorum if you include the executive members.

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