Interim board to be appointed at SABC

The emergency board will come into effect early next year following news of professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe's resignation on Monday.

FILE: The SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - An interim board is expected to top Parliament's agenda amid its ongoing inquiry into controversial developments at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

The emergency board will come into effect early next year following news of professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe's resignation on Monday.

The former chair of the board struggled to defend several damning allegations against the public broadcaster last week, including claims of censorship, political interference and intimidation at the SABC.

He also recently lost a court bid to try and block the work of the parliamentary inquiry.

Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird says Maguvhe's resignation is a good start, but it is not the end of the story for the SABC.

Bird believes it's an opportunity for a competent interim board to address, among others, the leadership crisis and corporate governance problems at the broadcaster.

“The interim board should be appointing the executive members who then need best quality people. They’re going to need to act independently and not subject to ministerial interference.”

The emergency board is expected to be appointed by Parliament's communications committee early next year.

Members of Parliament say Maguvhe's departure will not hamper the ad hoc committee's work.

The Parliamentary inquiry into the SABC will reconvene in January.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)