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Parties to submit names for SABC interim board

Members of Parliament want to appoint an interim board for the public broadcaster as soon as possible.

FILE: MPs at work on their draft report following an inquiry into the SABC board's fitness to hold office. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parties will this week be submitting the names of candidates for a five-member interim South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

Parliament’s communications portfolio committee has agreed on a process to come up with a short list.

Communications committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana says there was no intention to start discussing names of possible interim board members on Tuesday.

Parties will submit names and these will then be discussed in the chief whips’ forum to try and find initial consensus, in a bid to speed up the process.

“When they agree, [they] bring [the names] back to the committee. I think there must be no confusion about that. The committee will look at the names and then recommend when the time comes.”

Maxegwana says candidates need to have broadcasting experience as well as expertise in the law, human resources and corporate governance.

Members of Parliament (MPs) want to appoint an interim board for the public broadcaster as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s inquiry into the SABC board is working on its draft report, which it hopes to finalise by this Friday.

MPs want journalists’ allegations about the involvement of State Security officials at the public broadcaster to be investigated.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)