Information from the Presidency has confirmed the resignation of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson, Mbulaheni Maguvhe.
A media statement from the Presidency said President Jacob Zuma received and, has accepted the resignation of the SABC Board Chairperson.
The statement read:
“President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of the Chairperson of the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Professor Mbulaheni Obert Maguvhe.
“The President has thanked Professor Maguvhe for his services during his tenure at the SABC and wished him all the best for his future endeavors.”
It was just last week that Professor Maguvhe appeared before the SABC parliamentary Ad Hoc committee looking into the board’s fitness to hold office.
Members of the committee met for about 12 hours for seven days hearing testimony from witnesses concerning the evils plaguing the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
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Some of the shocking revelations the committee heard include:
- The SABC brought in the State Security Agency to investigate and intimidate staff;
- The SABC 8 continued to receive death threats, with no action from the Minister of Communications, the SABC board and management;
- The Gupta-owned New Age attempted to take over and ‘re-brand’ the SABC’s news division;
- Hlaudi Motsoeneng appeared to have protection from President Jacob Zuma and threatened staff with an authority in Pretoria;
- Minister Muthambi interfered in the coverage of news and in the affairs of the board.
When SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was contacted to comment on Maguvhe’s resignation, he simply said: “we do not do the firing, it’s the Presidency that will shed more light on that.”
Until his resignation, Mbulaheni Maguvhe was the last remaining non-executive board member at SABC.