SABC hit by another resignation

2015-01-11 13:50

Cape Town - The embattled national broadcaster – the SABC - has been dealt another blow with the resignation of a high-profile board member, Professor Bongani Khumalo.

This follows close on the heels of the resignation of its chairperson Ellen Tshabalala who left following the scandal involving her lying under oath about her academic qualifications.

According to the Sunday Independent, Khumalo tendered his resignation following the resignation of Tshabalala.  Khumalo is also the chief executive of the national lottery operator Gidani.

The newspaper reports that although the reasons for his resignation remain vague, it is believed that the SABC’s board is riddled by “factionalism” and is divided over many issues.

When asked for comment, SAC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago referred questions to the presidency and the department of communications. Communications spokesperson Ayanda Hollow said however that they were unaware of the resignation.

It is believed however, that other board members are also set to resign. The newspaper states that this follows a recent letter to members from Communications Minister Faith Muthambi asking them to provide reasons why they should not be suspended.

This latest development comes after Tshabalala resigned as chairperson of the SABC board and also quit the board last month, as reported by News24.

"The President thanks Ms Tshabalala for her contribution to the public broadcaster and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours," the presidency said at the time in a statement.

University of South Africa (Unisa) executive director for legal services Jan van Wyk told a Parliamentary inquiry last week that though Tshabalala had registered for her BComm degree in both 1988 and 1996, she failed to obtain the qualification, Sapa reports.

According to Unisa records, she had also registered for a diploma in labour relations in 1995.
During the academic year, she passed two, failed two, and did not write two of the modules.
In January 1996, she was allowed to rewrite the two she could not write the previous year. She obtained a score of 13%for her human resources module, and a score of 35% for labour relations.

Unisa then wrote to Tshabalala informing her she would not qualify to redo the course.


The committee found Tshabalala guilty of two counts of misconduct.

One for claiming she had obtained the two qualifications on her CV when she applied for the job as SABC chairperson. The other charge relates to an affidavit she submitted to Parliament stating that her qualifications had been stolen during a burglary at her home.

Following the inquiry's decision, Tshabalala accused the committee of deciding her fate before its inquiry was completed.

She said the committee had requested Zuma suspend her prior to the decision being made.
"That says it all. Their decision was taken long ago before the inquiry," she told reporters in Johannesburg.

She argued, through her lawyer Michael Tillney, that the committee's decision to recommend that she be removed from office was "procedurally unfair".

Tshabalala rubbished Van Wyk's testimony as "hearsay", saying that Unisa had been having problems with its records and computer system, and they could not be trusted.

She said she had tried numerous times to get a copy of her qualification from Unisa, but had failed because of its computer problem.

  • Johnny Breedt - 2015-01-11 13:58

    really whats new! another big shot that is going to get a huge fat payday! still i get sms'ed daily that my tv licence is in arrears when in fact it is not. the corrupt will simply be replaced by the corrupt.

      Marlene Black - 2015-01-12 04:00

      I would have thought the headline could have been better composed. I don't think Tshabalala's resignation was unwelcome. The headline makes it sound so.

  • warren.castle.12 - 2015-01-11 14:09

    All government run stuff is in crisis Please name one that is actually improving

      Musa KamaShobane - 2015-01-11 20:26

      Warren, what are you talking about ? SABC, SAA, ESKOM, POST OFFICE, Dept of Basic Education, Eastern Cape province and HAWKS, these are the best run government institutions according to Zuma and ANC

  • Hennie Bezuidenhout - 2015-01-11 14:22

    I wonder if he's a real professor....

      Mike Turner - 2015-01-12 11:54

      And thereby hangs a tale........

  • mmmmTim - 2015-01-11 14:23

    If they have any integrity at all as individuals, the whole board should resign, the CEO Ned's to be summarily fired and the SABC management give a fresh start, without political interference.

      Linds Ron-House - 2015-01-12 11:50

      The whole board was fired about 2 years. There is currently no CEO at SABC. Motsoeneng, who should have been fired a long time ago, is acting.

      Mike Turner - 2015-01-12 11:55

      No Tim, what this country DOESN'T need is the SABC: disband and shut up shop NOW !

  • joe.todani - 2015-01-11 14:43

    Another criminal quits...

      NoneOfYourBusiness - 2015-01-12 08:04

      The rats are jumping ship

  • Jayson Arends - 2015-01-11 15:07

    I will also step down and buy Dstv

  • Tsietsi May - 2015-01-11 15:09

    President on His speech mentioned that government will ensure that all state owned enterprise are will taken care of....... for better production

      Henry Van Rooyen - 2015-01-11 15:23

      How many things did he mention in speeches before, that till this day, have not been delivered? If he followed through with his words, SA would have not been struggling to keep the lights on today...The man is a liar, and he insults his own people's intelligence by getting away with everything. He is just taking care of his retirement fund...and a fat nice one I might add.

  • Michael Boucher - 2015-01-11 15:23

    So then this Professor Bongani Khumalo resigned because he also lied about his qualifications and is then afraid that they are on his case. SABC full of criminals.

      Linds Ron-House - 2015-01-12 11:52

      Wild unsubstantiated accusation about Prof. Khumalo.

  • Christopher Coetzer - 2015-01-11 15:30

    everybody must stop paying tv lisences

      NoneOfYourBusiness - 2015-01-12 08:10

      They should pay us to watch the crap on SABC

      Mike Turner - 2015-01-12 11:57

      You're surely not still watching anything churned out by the SABC ? SHAME !!!

  • Adie Letchme Masana - 2015-01-11 16:44

    Only the brains of sabc will not resign.

      Zoltan Pepper - 2015-01-11 17:03

      Are there any?

  • Joan Mbele - 2015-01-11 18:19

    Investigate his credentials, so that he can bring back the money which has been paid unduly. Hahaaaa. Catch him b4 he cross the river.

  • Braam Compion - 2015-01-11 18:37

    Hahahhahaaahaaa...............not long now and we will have all the goverment parastaltals will broke by itself....eishhhh.....will ask world for handouts like the rest of africa

  • Michael Mnguni898 - 2015-01-11 18:41

    I never thought there was anyone as educated as a Professor in that hellhole led by high school dropouts. If indeed he is a "professor" he got tired of taking ineligible instructions from the semi illiterates.

  • jeremy.howell.52687 - 2015-01-11 19:32

    When is the damn SABC going to do what it is supposed to do and stop wasting time and money on factionalism,incompetence, lies and cronyism? Put the right people in place to run it and stop politising

  • jeremy.howell.52687 - 2015-01-11 19:32

    When is the damn SABC going to do what it is supposed to do and stop wasting time and money on factionalism,incompetence, lies and cronyism? Put the right people in place to run it and stop politising

  • ivan.kraemer - 2015-01-11 19:36

    Just close the damned SABC down. Who needs this propaganda machine anyway?

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2015-01-11 20:40

    Who watches that shyte anyway ?

  • Shaun Geldenhuys - 2015-01-11 21:34

    Who in the hell still watches sabc.

  • Patrick Ndaba - 2015-01-11 21:57

    Remember Tshabalala,she was not belong there in the first place ,so she won't be called as somebody eho has resigned

  • Jeff Rakololo - 2015-01-11 23:26

    Atleast SARS is still a well oiled machine, but for how long though.? That thought scares me to be honest. SABC went to the dogs long time ago...

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2015-01-12 08:53

    he dont have Qualification that's a reason

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