Muthambi extends terms of SABC's top execs

This means the SABC will have an executive in place while Parliament gets on with the job of appointing an interim board.

FILE: Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has extended the terms of key South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) executives acting in top positions at the public broadcaster.

This means the SABC will have an executive in place while Parliament gets on with the job of appointing an interim board.

Parties will be submitting names from which Parliament’s communications committee will select five people to serve for a six-month term.

The SABC board ceased to exist after its sole remaining non-executive member, chairperson Professor Mbulaheni Maghuvhe, resigned in December.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago has confirmed that Minister Muthambi extended the authority of the SABC’s acting group chief executive, its chief financial officer and chief operating officer in December.

There were concerns that the public broadcaster would be left rudderless as their authority to act was due to expire before an interim board could be put in place.

Muthambi and department officials are set to brief Parliament’s communications committee on 24 January, when the process of appointing an interim board will begin.

Chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana says: “When Parliament convenes, it is only then that a resolution on the interim board can be taken.”

This is likely only after President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation Address on 9 February.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s inquiry into the SABC is set to resume on Thursday, when former board chairpersons Dr Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tshabalala are set to testify.

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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)