SABC board responds to call for members to resign

The board is providing an official response to calls for its members to resign in a press conference.

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CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board is providing an official response to calls for its members to resign in a press conference this afternoon following the resignation yesterday of two board members in Parliament.

SABC board chair Professor Mbulaheni Maghuve says he's not going to leave the SABC despite the decision by Parliament to ask him and the other board members to resign.

Maghuve says they are being bullied by Parliament's portfolio committee on communications and that they were not objective in yesterday's hearing.

He also claims he has evidence of wrong-doing against the two members of the board who resigned yesterday but says he won't mention names.

Maghuve says he's not going to leave the SABC voluntarily.

"In order for me not to keep you in suspense, let the inquiry come and I'm ready for it. So it means I'm going nowhere - let the inquiry come."

At the same time, one of the board member who resigned says red flags started appearing two years ago over Motsoeneng's conduct at the public broadcaster.

Former board member Krish Naidoo says warning signals over Motsoeneng have been ignored for a while.

"About two years ago, there was a process to erode the government form the board but one believed one could manage these processes. But then it became very evident that Hlaudi Motsoeneng became the elephant in the room."

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Meanwhile, Parliament's African National Congress (ANC) caucus says SABC board members must tender their resignations to speed up the process of establishing an interim board.

The ANC caucus's Moloto Mothapo has applauded efforts by the communications committee to protect the integrity of the public broadcaster following the reappointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

He says remaining board members should resign.

"Those remaining board members because they no longer quorate and therefore they cannot function in terms of the law, they are incompetent [and they can't] even take decisions of even lead the institution."

SABC acting group chief executive officer James Aguma says the board is operating in the best interest of the corporation and explains why it's taking the Public Protector's report on review.

"We found that there were disparities between what was in the report and what was ventilated at that disciplinary. That's what triggered a review of the Public Protector reports."

The committee will embark on a process seeking the resignation of the remaining board members within the coming week.