Six more SABC board members jump ship

2013-03-18 15:56
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Six more board members have resigned from the beleaguered South African public broadcaster in the biggest ongoing public meltdown in top executive and management ranks the SABC has ever seen.

SABC board members Lumko Mtide, John Danana, Cedric Gina, Desmond Golding, Adv Cawe Mahlati and Noluthando Gosa have now all quit as well.

Each have sent resignation letters and are following the SABC chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane and deputy chairperson Thami Ka Plaatjie out the door.

Their resignations – the latest spate of board members leaving the troubled broadcaster – comes after the Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, reinstated acting chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng - who famously doesn't have a matric certificate - 3 days after being removed from the position.

'Liaise with national assembly'

On Friday the majority of the SABC board which removed Motsoeneng three weeks ago – and after which the chairperson and deputy chairperson quit – said that the decision to remove Motsoeneng "still stands".

Now six further SABC board members have had enough of the conflict-riddled SABC and have jumped ship, intensifying the embarrassing meltdown at the broadcaster.

"President Jacob Zuma has received six more letters of resignation from members of the South African Broadcasting Corporation," says the office of the presidency in a just-issued statement.

"The president has accepted their resignations."

The office of the presidency says "the president has requested the minister of communications, Dina Pule, to liaise with the national assembly regarding the process to fill the vacancies left by the members who have resigned."

The SABC board – what's left of it – can't function or meet and there is no clarity on whether Motsoeneng is or isn't still the acting COO.


  • Petro Borchard - 2013-03-18 16:16

    When is Dina Red Shoes Pule going to be sacked? She is the main fly in the ointment here.

  • mbali.mvuyana - 2013-03-18 16:57

    What is happening @ the SABC? It’s like a non-ending episode of musical chairs….*smh*

  • motho.batho.98 - 2013-03-18 17:38

    People, you are missing the point, the problem at SABC are structural, first, the shareholder (i.e. government) appoints executives, this is poor corporate governance. I don't see on how sacking the minister or board is going to solve the problem, however, if peopel feel that they should go, they should go. Second, work ethics are very poor at SABC.

  • hendre.harris - 2013-03-18 22:05

    Yeah. Appointing a COO with not even matric makes soooo much sense. Wonder why he (and probably 80% of then) got the jobs in the first place. Clowns!

      Cole Green - 2013-04-02 13:59

      and a matric these days means what exactly? There are sooooooo many street wise people who went to the school of life who dont need matric to do what they do.. a pass rate of 35% please, dont joke

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