Parliament to shortlist candidates for SABC board

Parliament’s communications portfolio committee could begin shortlisting candidates early next month.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications could soon begin shortlisting candidates to fill three long-vacant seats on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The committee announced in September that the vacancies would be re-advertised in a bid to attract more suitable candidates.

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

The committee could begin shortlisting candidates as early as next month.

The vacancies were re-advertised because Members of Parliament were not happy with the quality of CV's they had to choose from.

At the time, the Democratic Alliance warned suitable candidates were unlikely to apply until the matter of the unlawful removal of three board members earlier this year was properly dealt with.

In a controversial move endorsed by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, the three were sacked in terms of the Companies Act.

The committee could also see a change in leadership following unconfirmed reports that chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa wants to be relieved of her duties after clashing with African National Congress colleagues.