Fears of SABC board collapse as another senior figure quits
SABC board member Magatho Mello has officially resigned, making him the second board member to quit in less than a month, sparking fears of the collapse of yet another SABC board.
He allegedly quit in frustration at the board’s inactivity and the continuing acrimony with chairman Ben Ngubane.
Mr Mello allegedly resigned alongside fellow board member Barbara Masekela in the middle of last month but was asked by the Department of C ommunications to reconsider his decision. It is believed that frustration over the delay in the parliamentary hearings — which have left the board in limbo — convinced Mr Mello to confirm his resignation yesterday.
Oversight and lobby body the Save Our SABC coalition yesterday called on P arliament to reconvene its hearing into the internal crisis at the public broadcaster urgently, before there were further resignations that would bring about the board’s collapse.
The first hearing was halted two weeks ago after the South African National Editors Forum obtained an interdict preventing the parliamentary portfolio committee from excluding the public from its meeting with the SABC.
By the time the session was cancelled, Mr Ngubane had already made his submission, alleging that the board was dysfunctional, raising questions about the appointment of some consultants and saying that suspended CEO Solly Mokoetle was being micromanaged.
Mr Mello, an information technology specialist and journalist, was apparently nominated to the board because of his digital convergence knowledge. He confirmed yesterday that he had resigned but refused to discuss what had prompted his decision, saying he preferred to table his reasons with the portfolio committee on communications.
Ms Masekela also said she would give her reasons to Parliament when the hearing is held.
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