Ac­tivists, MPs, artists to vie for SABC board

Only one in­terim mem­ber named

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

A RECORD 237 nom­i­na­tions for the new board of the SABC in­clude artists, aca­demics, so­cial ac­tivists and for­mer MPs – as well as for­mer mem­bers of the old board.

MPs will start sift­ing through the nom­i­na­tions at the beginning of next month.

The in­terim board’s term ex­pires in De­cem­ber. Of its five mem­bers, ex-IFP MP Suzanne Vos is the only one nom­i­nated for the per­ma­nent board.

Vos served on the Na­tional As­sem­bly’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­mit­tee for 15 years.

For mer ANC MP Khotso Khu­malo, who served along­side Vos on the com­mit­tee, has also been nom­i­nated.

For mer board mem­bers Bheki Khu­malo, Andile Mbeki and Des­mond Gold­ing are also in con­tention. All three re­signed from the board chaired by Khanyi Mkonza, in June, paving the way for Par­lia­ment to dis­solve it and ap­point the in­terim body led by busi­ness­woman Irene Charn­ley.

No­luthando Gosa – an­other for­mer SABC board mem­ber who quit three years ago when the board was chaired by Ed­die Funde – is also on the long list. Gosa had com­plained of cor­rup­tion at the cor­po­ra­tion.

Na­tional Demo­cratic Con­ven­tion leader Hawu Mbatha, a for mer SABC CEO, and exdeputy CEO Govin Reddy have also been nom­i­nated.

Iron­i­cally, a few weeks ago Reddy penned a scathing ar­ti­cle in a week­end news­pa­per on Mbatha, who he ac­cused of poor man­age­ment and lack of lead­er­ship when he was at the helm of the SABC.

Reddy laid the blame at the door of ex-SABC board chair­man Paulus Zulu, a Uni­ver­sity of KwaZulu-Natal aca­demic, ac­cus­ing him of in­com­pe­tence by ap­point­ing Mbatha.

Pippa Green, who is in the run­ning for the SABC’s top job in the news depart­ment, has been nom­i­nated. The job of head of news be­came va­cant in April when the pre­vi­ous board re­fused to re­new the con­tract of Snuki Zikalala when it ex­pired.

Mam­phela Ram­phele’s name has come back to haunt MPs as she has been nom­i­nated. Po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Fred­er­ick Van Zyl Slab­bert, who had also been nom­i­nated by the op­po­si­tion for the in­terim board, is nom­i­nated.

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