SABC board members must be reduced – Minister

Minister of Communications Mmamoloko Kubayi is supporting a bill to reduce the number of SABC board members from 12 to 9, and the number needed for a quorum to 7, reported the Sunday Independent.

The bill will also give power to the minister to recommend the appointment and removal of board members to the president – which currently lies with parliament.

The amendments were controversial when they were tabled two years ago, with opposition parties saying the government is trying to turn the SABC into a state-controlled broadcaster.

News of the minister’s support of the bill comes after she announced her intention to appeal a High Court decision which gave the SABC board, and not the minister of communications, the right to appoint the broadcaster’s top executives.

The SABC’s top three executives are currently serving in an acting capacity.

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SABC board members must be reduced – Minister