BELEAGUERED CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC BROADCASTER RESIGNS

The beleaguered chairman of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Professor Mbulaeni Maghuve, the final member of the public broadcaster's board to do so.

Maghuve, who had been widely criticised for his handling of affairs at SABC, tendered his resignation to President Jacob Zuma Monday. Last week he appeared before a Parliamentary ad-hoc committee set up to probe the fitness of members of the SABC board to hold office.

The presidency has confirmed receiving the resignation. President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of Professor Mbulaeni Maghuve as chairperson and member of the SABC Board. President Zuma has thanked Professor Maghuve and wished him well in his future endeavour, said Presidential spokesperson Dr Bongani Ngqulunga.

Meanwhile, the country's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has welcomed the resignation of Maguvhe. The DA Parliamentary Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen, said the resignation could not have come sooner.

"It's just a real pity that he's had to put himself and the SABC through a shameful charade in Parliament over the last two weeks. It was very clear that he was evasive; unwilling to accept any responsibility and we're glad that the resignation is a signal of his defeat," said Steenhuisen.

"There's still a long way to go at the SABC to be rescued from those who captured it. The inquiry will continue to get to the bottom of it and to hold people like Maguvhe accountable."

Advocacy group, Right 2 Know, says Maguvhe's resignation will hopefully open up a new and transparent process to acquiring a new board. It spokesperson, Dale Kinley, said: "There needs to be a proper consultative and participatory process through parliament and the Department of Communications to reconstitute the board according to the mandate and articles of association in an open and transparent manner. In other words, not a politically-motivated one, otherwise we will then repeat the same mistakes for many many years."

Political parties across the board have welcomed Maghuve's resignation. Congress of the People (COPE) spokesperson Dennis Bloem said the resignation marked the rebirth of the SABC.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament said Maghuve's persistence to stay on in his position had further damaged his reputation and that of the public broadcaster.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Communications, Humfrey Maxegwana, said while the resignation of Maguvhe should be welcomed, his delaying tactics had wasted the time of Parliament.

Maxegwana was one of the people who repeatedly called on the remaining board members to resign but Maguvhe refused.

We welcome the resignation of the last man standing, Professor Maguvhe. As we welcome it, we feel that he wasted a lot of time for parliament, for the Ad hoc Committee and especially after he misled them on a number of issues, when he was responding to the questions from the Parliament Ad hoc Committee. So all those issues are issues of delaying tactics on their part, especially him, because others resigned (earlier), he was the last person, added Maxegwana.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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