Two SABC board members announce resignation in Parly

Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso have announced their resignation in Parliament.

A screengrab of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi (left) and Hlaudi Motsoeneng (back left) in a Parliamentary committee meeting.

JOHANNESBURG - Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso have announced they're resigning from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The public broadcaster's board is appearing before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications after fierce criticism over its re-appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng to head corporate affairs, despite court's and Advocate Thuli Madonsela finding he's unfit.

Naidoo says he can no longer be associated with irrational decisions taken by the corporation.

"But what are we doing here? Some of us have come through some serious struggle to bring this country to the point where we would like to give a better life for everyone. I have come to the conclusion that this board is dysfunctional, it should be scrapped. Personally I will be resigning to day as a board member."

Both Naidoo and Mavuso 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.

"And listening to the CEO here who says somebody gave him advice who said 'You know maybe we should put him back in his previous job'. You know, when I listen to an executive at this level talking in such mundane terms, it actually makes out the case why this board should be dissolved."

Opposition MPs and the ANC caucus in Parliament have called for the axing of the group executive of corporate affairs.

The public broadcaster' board has delivered its presentation in Parliament, however the portfolio committee on communications has rejected the presentation and is demanding answers as to how the board was appointed.

Board members say they've found disparities between the Public Protector's report and their own disciplinary processes.

The SABC board has also denied allegations that the corporation's former chief operations officer enjoys political protection within the institution.

Board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe says Motsoeneng has been subjected to a thorough disciplinary process and none of the allegations against him could be substantiated.

But the Democratic Alliance's James Selfe disagrees.

"I find that it is almost surreal that in the face of a Chapter 9 institution finding and judgments by three different courts, that we can find ourselves in this meeting still discussing whether Mr Motsoeneng should or shouldn't be a member of staff at the SABC."

Public protector, Thuli Madonsela, found in her report 'When Governance and Ethics Fail' that Motsoeneng lied about being in possession of a matric certificate and that his salary increases were irregular.