ANC Pushes 8 Candidates For SABC Board Despite Objections

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CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) has managed to push through eight candidates to serve on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board, despite objections from opposition parties.

Members of the communications committee have on Thursday failed to agree on who should serve on the board.

The committee concluded interviews of 24 candidates to fill eight vacancies on the board last week.

The ANC has presented its eight candidates, which include journalist Mary Papayya, Advocate Benjamin Lekalakala and anti-apartheid activist and academic Saths Cooper.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have both threatened to object to the list of candidates put forward by the ANC when the matter is debated in the National Assembly.

The DA and EFF’s main objection relates to Cooper, the anti-apartheid activist that the parties have described as arrogant.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi objected to the inclusion of Cooper and called for the inclusion of at least two more women.

“The board, majority of it as being male, is not proper. There are already four males, adding the three will make it seven against five.”

DA MP Phumzile van Damme agreed to only two names and called for people with an accounting background.

“We need a chartered accountant (CA), we were very clear about that, and there was only one CA appointed.”