'The SABC board was set up to fail' - Right2Know

Organisations have raised concern over the latest developments at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) following the resignation of four of the broadcasters board members.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed and accepted the resignations.

Eyewitness News confirmed on Thursday that Mathatha Tsedu is the latest to jump ship.

The resignations follow revelations that the board is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) over a dispute involving a contract for security services valued at more than R183 million.

READ: The biggest problem at the SABC is money - EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

According to reports, Khanyisile Kweyama, Krish Naidoo and John Matisonn decided to step down as the public broadcaster remains at loggerheads with newly-appointed Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams over retrenchments of permanent and freelance staff.

Right2Know spokesperson Dale McKinley says Ramaphosa failed to intervene.

It is a failure of the president to intervene. He has had plenty of time, it as been very clear for quite some time that this crisis has been gathering on a number of fronts and yet we have had silence. It is a lack of political leadership in our estimation and I think it is a crisis that is self-created.

Dale McKinley, Right2Know Spokesperson

National Co-coordinator at the SOS Coalition Duduetsang Makuse has described the latest developments at the SABC as a 'manufactured crisis'.

The minister could be engaging with staff and that is fine, that is her prerogative but she should be doing this through the committee because they are the rightful representatives of the public.

Duduetsang Makuse, National Co-coordinator at the SOS Coalition

McKinley says the board was set up to fail.

The board itself, we have to remember, had four resignations earlier this year. It was already without another four members and if you look at the basic things it was needing to do in terms of the financial crisis, the retrenchments, SIU investigation.... it needed some help.

Dale McKinley, Right2Know Spokesperson

In some ways it was like the board was set up to fail.

Dale McKinley, Right2Know Spokesperson

I think the blame really lies on the lack of political will and political leadership which really ultimately has the power and has been given the mandate to oversee the SABC.

Dale McKinley, Right2Know Spokesperson

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