There seems to be a collapse at the SABC again, this is on the back of some board member resignations.
Eyewitness News has seen the resignation letters of Khanyisile Koyama, Krish Naidoo and John Matterson.
Speaking to Xolani Gwala on the 702 Breakfast Show, chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize says she cannot confirm these resignations as the Secretary of Parliament informed her none had been received.
So if they have resigned, maybe they have sent those resignations through to the president and maybe he hasn't processed them.— Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications
She claims that Parliament only processes applicants but that they are finally appointed by the President. She says that the resignations would, therefore, be sent to the president. Mkhize adds that information emerging is concerning.
Even if you are thinking of an interim board, there would have to be a special sitting of Parliament to process the names of the interim board. However, I really think there is a leadership problem at the SABC.— Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications
When probed about whether the national broadcaster had issues with Parliament, she explained the board had attended three meetings informing Parliament it would be embarking on retrenchments.
Parliament had requested time to come up with alternatives other than dismissals, she adds.
Mkhize reiterated that there is a lack of leadership at the SABC and there is no attempt to meet the parliamentary committee halfway in terms of giving them the information it requires.
Listen below to the full interview: