Activists, MPs, artists to vie for SABC board
Only one interim member named
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.