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ANC calls for speedy appointment of SABC board

ANC Member of Parliament Makhosi Khoza says it’s crucial that the SABC’s finances are taken firmly in hand.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says an interim board must be appointed at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as soon as possible to implement the recommendations of the inquiry into the public broadcaster.

The inquiry's report was formally adopted in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The report says President Jacob Zuma must seriously consider firing Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

It also highlights the precarious financial situation at the public broadcaster.

Parliament’s communications committee is now under pressure to speedily appoint a five-member interim board to try and get the SABC back on track.

ANC Member of Parliament (MP) Makhosi Khoza says it’s crucial that the SABC’s finances are taken firmly in hand.

“We are extremely concerned about the cash reserves of the SABC. They’ve been shrinking at an alarming pace.
Within four months, the SABC has almost lost more than 40% of its reserves and we don’t think this is a healthy financial situation.”

The SABC has racked up more than R5 billion in irregular expenditure. Its cash reserves have fallen from R1.4 billion two years ago to just under R550 million, according to the inquiry's report.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)