After a rigorous process, Members of Parliament (MPs) have come up with 12 people to serve on the new SABC board.
The search for eligible individuals to fill the vacancies at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board seems to be coming to an end after three days of interviews.
Twelve names have been chosen by the Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications for the task ahead. Subsequently, the names will first go to the National Assembly for approval before the list is sent to President Zuma who will then make the appointments and choose the chairperson for the board.
Five of the aspiring candidates are currently serving on the interim board tasked with bringing stability to the cash-strapped public broadcaster.
While there was a unanimous agreement on eight names including; Khanyisile Kweyama, Mathatha Tsedu, Michael Markovitz, Nomvuyiso Batyi, Rachel Kalidass, Victor Rambau, John Matisonn, and Jack Phalane, choosing the remaining four was a tug of war.
For the most part, opposition MPs objected to Krish Naidoo, a legal consultant for the African National Congress ANC), and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, who has aspirations to serve on the ruling party national executive committee.
Though they are both members of the interim board and have not been found wanting so far, opposition parties did not like the fact that they are connected to the African National Congress.
They contended that both were political deployees. Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis objected, saying: “We oppose the appointment of political operatives into the SABC because we think that is at the heart of the SABC problems.
“Krish Naidoo is currently working at Luthuli House; it is a conflict of interest. Ms Potgieter-Gqubule is considering running for the ANC NEC.”
Nevertheless, the ANC said it would not budge to accusations that it’s imposing names on the committee.
The full list of new SABC board hopefuls