Naidoo: SABC board is dissolved

Krish Naidoo says he decided to resign because the governance of the public broadcaster is starting to erode.

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JOHANNESBURG - Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Krish Naidoo says his resignation along with that of Vusi Mavuso means that, by virtue of the Broadcasting Act, the board of the public broadcaster is dissolved and an interim one needs to be appointed.

The SABC board faced a grilling in Parliament today over recent decisions taken by the corporation, including the reappointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as group executive of corporate affairs.

Naidoo and Mavuso announced their resignations during this afternoon's session.

Naidoo says he has decided to leave the SABC because the governance of the public broadcaster is starting to erode.

"A lot of the decisions were taken at management level, we were just informed of very few decisions in terms of the delegation of authority at the public broadcaster. I'm just beginning to hear now of some certain contracts which I've never seen as a board member, but that's the way the delegation of authority worked at the SABC."

Meanwhile, chairperson of the portfolio committee's Humphrey Maxengwana says the remaining board members cannot operate until Parliament decides on a way forward.

"They can't operate until such time Parliament decides what we need to do."


The Portfolio Committee on Communications said late on Wednesday that it had taken the unanimous decision to institute an inquiry into the fitness of the SABC's board to hold office.

After being briefed by the SABC board members, MPs and the committee concluded the entity needed to be dissolved and an interim board must be appointed.

Maxengwana says the board's presentation was of a very low standard.

"We'd have a dysfunctional board, and therefore we must institute an inquiry and follow the parliamentary processes."

Maxengwana added the remaining board members would be requested to resign.

"In the light of the current events, we're going to ask them to resign."