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MPs clash over 2 SABC board candidates with ties to ANC

The ANC has refused to drop Krish Naidoo and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule from their list, despite objections from opposition MPs.

Febe Potgieter-Gqubule during her SABC board interview. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) and opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have clashed over whether two South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board candidates, with links to the ruling party, should be allowed to oversee the affairs of the public broadcaster.

Parliament's portfolio committee on communications must pick 12 people to serve on the board after interviewing candidates last week.

The ANC has refused to drop Krish Naidoo and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule from their list, despite objections from opposition MPs.

Naidoo and Potgieter-Gqubule are part of the interim board that was appointed in March to stabilise the public broadcaster.

However, Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Potgieter-Gqubule is a politician who aspires to serve on the ANC's National Executive Committee.

“I will only get out of the board of the SABC if I’m elected into the NEC of the ANC - she explicitly says that.”

Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis says Naidoo is too close to Luthuli House.

“Naidoo is currently working at Luthuli House, it is a conflict of interest.”

But the ANC's Mziwamadoda Kalako hit back.

“Febe is an independent woman, why do you reduce her to some puppet?”

The President appoints the board on the recommendation of the National Assembly.

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