MPs closer to finding 12 SABC board members

36 SABC board candidates were shortlisted during a meeting of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday.

FILE: SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians are a step closer to finding 12 people who have what it takes to oversee the running of the cash-strapped South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Thirty-six SABC board candidates were shortlisted during a meeting of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday afternoon.

They will be interviewed over three days at the end of the month.

The interim SABC board's six-month term comes to an end on 26 September but some members, if not all, might end up serving a full term because all five non-executive members were shortlisted for interviews.

The names and resumes of the 36 candidates will be published for public comment on Parliament's website.

Their qualifications will also be verified before interviews begin.

SOUTH AFRICANS TO GET A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR SAY

There were few disagreements as MPs whittled down the list.

However, the ANC’s inclusion of little-known candidate Sindile Kama sparked confusion, with DA MP Gavin Davis suggesting he didn’t have the right qualifications to serve on the board.

“The Broadcasting Act is very specific that people need to be suitably qualified.”

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi weighed in.

“Kama has been a teacher, a call centre manager, account manager at Siemens, so if the ANC wants this Kama to be interviewed, no problem. If this is the quality the ANC wants to put on the board, no problem.”

In the end, they agreed to keep him on the list.

At the end of this process, the National Assembly will recommend 12 candidates to President Jacob Zuma.

South Africans will then get a chance to have their say on who should serve on the SABC Board.