PARLIAMENT APPROVES NOMINEES FOR NEW BOARD FOR PUBLIC PRODCASTER SABC

CAPE TOWN, The National Assembly has approved the 12 recommended names of persons to serve on the new board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), despite objections from opposition parties the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), which criticised two of the nominees as being deployed by the ruling party, the African national Congress (ANC).

The two -- Febe Potgieter-Gqubule and Krish Naidoo -- are among the five members of the outgoing interim board who have made it to the permanent board and which starts work next month. The names of the 12 nominees will be sent to President Jacob Zuma for appointment.

National Assembly House Chairperson Mmatlala Boroto read out the results Thursday as follows: Miss Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Mr Krish Naidoo, Miss Khanyisile Kweyama, Mr John Mattison, Mr Mathata Tsedu, Ms Nomvuyiso Batjie, Miss Rachel Kalidass, Mr Michael Markovitz, Bongumusa Makhathini, Mr Victor Rambau, Dinkanyane Mohuba and Mr Jack Phalane.

Meanwhile, parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has welcomed the beginning of the an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into allegations of dodgy procurement deals at the SABC.

Scopa added that it hoped all SABC officials would co-operate fully with the investigation so that it can get to the bottom of the root causes of maladministration at the public broadcaster.

Scopa Chairperson Themba Godi thanked the interim board for stabilising the corporation from the dire situation it was in.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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