ANC, other parties call for SABC board to be dissolved

Krish Naidoo & Vusi Mavuso tendered their resignations during a briefing in Parliament.

FILE: A sign outside the offices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) and other parties have called for the South African Broadcasting Corporation ( SABC) board to be dissolved after two of its members have resigned.

The SABC board has come under sharp criticism over the past week after its latest appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng to yet another senior position, despite the Public Protector's findings against him and court rulings declaring him unfit.

Non-executive board members Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso announced their resignations in Parliament this afternoon.

The board has been called to report back to the committee on the Public Protector's report relating to the abuse of power and maladministration at the SABC.

Mavuso and Naidoo say the situation at the SABC has broken down to the extent where it is an embarrassment to be associated with the corporation.

Naidoo says he has no other option but to part ways with the public broadcaster.

"When I listened to the CEO talking in such mundane terms it actually makes out the case why this board should be dissolved."

Opposition MPs and the African National Congress caucus in Parliament have called for the axing of group executive of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng was appointed to the position after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that his appointment as COO was unlawful.


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has joined the ANC and opposition parties in the call to dissolve the SABC board.

Cosatu's Bheki Ntshalintshali says it's time to call it a day.

"The apparent defiance campaign by the SABC board and management has eroded the credibility of both in the eyes of citizens. We're calling on them to abide by the court ruling and perform their duties within the law."

Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana has agreed on a process to dissolve the current SABC board.

According to legislation, the board must consist of nine members, but with the resignation of non-executive members Naidoo and Mavuso there are now only eight.

The committee's legal advisers have indicated the powers to appoint an interim board lies with President Jacob Zuma.

Committee legal advisor Nthuthuzela Vanora explains the broadcasting act that governs the process.

"The National Assembly may after due inquiry and by the adoption of a resolution."


Economic Freedom Fighters MPs have vowed to ensure that Motsoeneng is axed from the institution by the end of this year.

Members have also indicated Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will be called to engage them on issues at the public broadcaster.

Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee has resolved to establish an investigation into the SABC board.

The opposition Inkatha Freedom Party's Liezel van der Merwe says it's vital for Muthambi to be called to account to the committee.

"Whether we'll also be looking at the actions of the Minister of Communications in her role in aiding and abetting the board."


Ses'Khona Peoples Rights Movement leader Andile Lili says the ANC is being opportunistic by criticising Motsoeneng.

Earlier today Ses'Khona picketed outside Parliament in support of Motsoeneng, alongside other supporters which included some ANC members.

Right2Know campaigners were also picketing a few metres away from the group, calling for Motsoeneng to go.

Lili claims the ANC is being opportunistic by joining the DA in their criticism of the former COO.

"The ANC must not be so opportunistic, because if they respect the law of this country they should've dissolved this Parliament."

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