SABC board chairman, deputy quit

2013-03-11 08:58

SABC board chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy, Thami ka Plaatjie, have resigned.

SABC radio news quoted communications spokesperson Siya Qoza as saying President Jacob Zuma needed to decide whether to accept the resignations or not.

“Mrs Pule has been quite concerned about the goings-on at the board at the SABC,” said Qoza today.

“In terms of the process ... it will depend on what the president says and what happens to the SABC board. It will basically be determined by whether the president accepts or declines the resignations.”

On February 26, the broadcaster announced that the acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, had been “released from his duties”.

It said that Mike Siluma, a veteran journalist and head of radio news and current affairs, had been appointed to the acting position.

But shortly after that, Ngubane was quoted in a newspaper report as saying that Motsoeneng had been reinstated. He said this decision had been made by Plaatjie.

This prompted the SABC board to issue a media statement saying that “the report ... is regrettable as neither the chairman nor the deputy chairman nor both have the power or authority to unilaterally change a board”.

The SABC board also said it would seek clarity from Ngubane and Plaatjie regarding the newspaper report.

Since then, Communications Minister Dina Pule has asked Parliament to “urgently” review the fitness of the SABC board.

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