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National Assembly expected to endorse SABC’s 5-member interim board

Once approved by the National Assembly, the names will be forwarded to President Jacob Zuma for official appointment.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The National Assembly is expected to endorse a five-member interim board for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) next week.

In an urgent meeting, earlier on Tuesday, Parliament’s communications portfolio committee agreed on the names it will put forward.

Human rights lawyer Krish Naidoo – who resigned from the SABC board in October – is among them, as well as veteran journalist and the former SA National Editors’ Forum executive director Mathatha Tsedu. The others are they former ANC MP Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, journalist and author John Mattison and former CEO of Business Unity SA Khanyisile Kwayema.

The hastily convened meeting resulted in consensus on five candidates, whittled down from a list of 17 names submitted by parties.

Once approved by the National Assembly, the names will be forwarded to President Jacob Zuma for official appointment.

Committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana says the interim board has a tough time ahead.

“They must hit the ground running – and the support that they will have to get is from us, as
members of this committee.”

The interim board will be in office for six months.

Its main task will be to stabilise the SABC and implementing some of the recommendations of the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC board, including an independent forensic audit into questionable contracts and transactions.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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