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National Assembly approves names of 12 SABC board candidates

The new board will oversee the affairs at the public broadcaster once the five-member interim board's term ends later in September

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

CAPE TOWN - The National Assembly has approved the names of 12 people to serve on the board of the SABC.

They will now be sent to President Jacob Zuma who makes the appointments and will select one of them to be chairperson.

Zuma is expected to sign off on the new board members before the end of the interim board’s term in three weeks' time.

Most opposition Members of Parliament objected to the inclusion of two candidates, Krish Naidoo and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule.

The Democratic Alliance accused the African National Congress of deploying cadres to the new SABC board, which the party says has been at the heart of the public broadcaster's problems.

The Economic Freedom Fighters and Inkatha Freedom Party’s Liezl van der Merwe also flagged concerns.

“We cannot allow these individuals to abuse their power and position to advance their respective political agendas through the SABC.”

The ANC's Moses Tseli responded: “Where will you get people who are not close to the ANC because it is the ANC that has brought us to where we are.”

OUTA WELCOMES LIST OF NOMINEES

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it's encouraged that a number of people from the SABC's interim board have been retained as nominees for the broadcaster's new board.

Outa's Dominique Msibi says they welcome the list of nominees.

“Five of the interim board members have been retained and so we’re encouraged that they’re going to continue with whatever it is that they’ve started. We are cautiously optimistic that the rest will fall in and both the six have the next five years.”

The new board will oversee the affairs at the public broadcaster once the five-member interim board's term ends later in September.

Those who made the cut are:
Khanyisile Kweyama
Mathatha Tsedu
Nomvuyiso Batyi
John Matisonn
Michael Markovitz
Rachel Kalidass
Bongumusa Makhathini
Victor Rambau
Dinkwanyane Mohuba
Jack Phalane
Febe Potgieter-Gqubule
Krish Naidoo.

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