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Dlodlo gives SABC board go ahead to commence duties

New Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says she wants the new interim SABC board to start work now in line with the Broadcasting Act.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Auckland Park. Picture: SABC.

JOHANNESBURG – New Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says she has told the interim board of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to commence their duties immediately.

That's after former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had refused to allow the new board to start operating saying that they first had to be vetted by the State Security Agency.

Dlodlo says she wants the new interim SABC board to start work now in line with the broadcasting Act.

She also says she's told the board to work closely with SABC executives to develop a plan to revive its financial position and to report back to her by the end of the week.

Parliament has asked the board to deal with the situation left by former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

But it's not clear at this point if the board will allow James Aguma to stay on as acting Chief Executive Officer after he appeared to strongly back Motsoeneng during his reign.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)