Four more board resignations at SABC
December 10, 2018
By Chris Forrester
The problems at South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC continue.
The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has reportedly accepted the resignations of four SABC board members.
The president wrote to parliament on Friday to say he had accepted the resignations of John Matisonn, Krish Naidoo, Khanyisile Kweyama and Mathatha Tsedu. He asked the country’s national assembly to fill the vacancies speedily.
Speed to appoint new board members is essential because officially SABC’s current board does not constitute a forum (8 board members have now resigned over recent weeks). The powerful African National Congress (ANC) is pushing for the complete dissolution of the SABC board.
Also not helping matters is the alleged secrecy behind the resignations, and with South Africa’s Special Investigating Unit examining the broadcaster and in particular a contract worth a reported R183 million for security services, and claimed to have been “irregularly awarded”.