After a lengthy delay, President Jacob Zuma finally announced the new SABC board today with immediate effect, just in time before Media Monitoring Africa was set to file an urgent interdict to force him to appoint the board.
The 11-member board will fulfil a term of five years and includes Bongumusa Makhathini as chairperson and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule as deputy chairperson of the board.
The rest of the board are:
• Krish Naidoo;
• Khanyisile Kweyama;
• John Matisonn;
• Mathatha Tsedu;
• Rachel Kalidass;
• Michael Markovitz;
• Victor Rambau;
• Dinkwanyane Mohuba; and
• Jack Phalane.
Zuma and the former communications minister, Ayanda Dlodlo (she was replaced this morning by Mmamaloko Kubayi and was moved to home affairs), had been accused of deliberately delaying the appointment of the SABC board to make their own appointments.
Interviews for the board were completed in August, when 34 candidates appeared before the portfolio committee on communications. A total of 35 hours was spent interviewing the potential candidates.
“President Zuma wishes all members of the board all the best during their tenure at the public broadcaster,” the presidency said this morning.
Speaking to City Press, Media Monitoring Africa’s William Bird said that they welcomed the new board and would be monitoring the situation very closely.
“The interdict which we were meant to submit has obviously fallen away now, but with the new appointment of the communications minister we will have to monitor the situation. We are in full support of the board and President Zuma needs to resign his position from the family Zuma trust. Our pressing concern now is the new minister,” Bird said.