Members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications are disappointed with the calibre of candidates who were interviewed for the SABC board this week.
The committee is in a race against time to come up with eight people to fill vacancies in the board of the troubled public broadcaster. The vacancies come after the resignation of a number of credible members due to ongoing political interference.
The committee sat for three days this week, interviewing 24 shortlisted candidates.The DA’s Phumzile van Damme and the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that the calibre of the candidates was disappointing.
This was the result of the SABC being tainted, leading to a failure to attract credible candidates. This was in contradiction to a statement issued by the committee’s chairperson, Hlengiwe Mkhize, who said the candidates demonstrated the “required level of expertise in different fields, including corporate governance, law, finance, accounting and art and culture, as well as journalism.
”Ndlozi said that of the 24 candidates, only four checked all the boxes for him.