SABC board member resigns

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SABC Board member Rachel Kalidass has resigned. She says she is being sidelined and victimised for holding different opinions from other board members.

Kalidass rose to prominence during the December 2016 parliamentary hearings when her meticulous note keeping and documentation helped expose fraud and corruption during Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s tenure as COO of the SABC.

“You know, I think as the new board, one of the important priorities that we have is the appointment of competent executives, especially the GCEO. The organisation is currently in a crisis mode and our primary responsibility is to restore integrity and based on the proceedings of the last few weeks I didn’t really have confidence that the board as a whole was moving in the right direction and this is what prompted me to submit my resignation this morning,” says Kalidass.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance, Phumzile Van Damme says the resignation of SABC board member Rachel Kalidass is a sign that things have not changed at the public broadcaster.

Van Damme says, “The resignation of Rachel Kalidass at the SABC means that its ‘business as usual’ at the public broadcaster. The person was that the rest of the SABC board members were pushing to be GCEO. It has been revealed on Thursday morning that it is Alan Mukoki, the former CEO of the Land Bank, who is completely unsuitable for the position. We also strongly encourage the SABC board not to appoint Mr Mukoki as the SABC CEO.”