The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the resignation of SABC last board member Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe.
Prior to his resignation, Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe was the chairman of the embattled public broadcaster board.
The defiant professor’s resignation shocked many because the partially-blind chairman had earlier vowed not to resign. He arrogantly led a walkout of SABC executives from the SABC disciplinary committee last week.
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On the day one of the hearing, defiant Maguvhe bluntly refused to participate in the inquiry.
Speaking in a statement, the Office of the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament said it welcomed the resignation with great joy.
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu’s statement read:
“While we regret that Prof Maguvhe’s conscience took excruciatingly longer to speak to him, thereby causing further damage to the corporation’s governance and frustrating Parliamentary intervention, we are confident that his exit will speed up the process of addressing the leadership crisis at SABC.
“It is unfortunate that Prof Maguvhe chose to sacrifice his personal reputation and professional integrity by putting his selfish personal interests ahead of those of South Africans, who are the shareholders of the SABC.
“The unacceptable obstinacy of board members who remain stumbling blocks to resolving corporate governance problems is a lesson which Parliament must learn from going forward. The Broadcasting Act might need to be revisited and tightened to ensure that inquorate Boards or individuals are not allowed to hold such important public institution to ransom.
“With Maguvhe’s departure, we will now await Parliament’s conclusion of the inquiry, which may necessitate the swift appointment of the interim board. The outcome of the inquiry and lessons learned will enrich the process of finding a suitably qualified member of the new board.”
President Jacob Zuma also received and accepted Maguvhe’s resignation on Monday. Zuma thanked the professor for his services during his tenure at the SABC and wished him all the best in his future endeavors.