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New SABC chair resigns from Bongi-Ngema Zuma Foundation post

Lobby groups and opposition parties raised concerns about Bongumusa Makhathini's position as chairman of the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation.

 SABC board chairman Bongumusa Makhathini. Picture: sabc.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed SABC board chairman Bongumusa Makhathini has confirmed he's resigned from a foundation run by one of President Jacob Zuma's wives.

Lobby groups and opposition parties raised concerns about Makhathini's position as chairman of the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation.

The Right2Know Campaign says the president appointed a loyalist to the SABC board.

But Makhathini says he resigned from that foundation on Wednesday.

“I go appointed yesterday, I only got an appointment letter around about 4pm yesterday and then this morning I went to hand in my resignation. I tried to resign just to avoid any possible conflict whether perceived or real.”

Concerns have also been raised about Makhathini's deputy, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule who is closely linked to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.