Fire the SABC board now

The Sunday Independent reported that the ANC has instructed communications minister Faith Muthambi to fire the SABC board and allow for the appointment of an interim board.

On Wednesday, members of parliament resolved that the SABC board must go, following deliberations on the matter.

All political parties which are members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications agreed that the remaining board members should resign from their positions.

The MPs cited their dissatisfaction with the reappointment of former SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng as among reasons for their decision.

MPs said the current board was dysfunctional and ill-governed, and neglected its fiduciary duty towards the public.

But responding to the parliamentary resolution, SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe slammed MPs for implementing bullying tactics.

Maguvhe stood firm, saying he’s “going nowhere”.

Motsoeneng followed, defending the SABC’s financial performance and his experience and qualifications.

The ANC has now hit back at the SABC board, with spokesperson Zizi Kodwa saying Muthambi must suspend the board at once.

The report stated that Kodwa said “the games played by the SABC board have to come to a stop as a matter of urgency”.

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