On 11 June, Bheki Khumalo, Andile Mbeki and Desmond Golding resigned from the board of crisis-stricken public broadcaster SABC. This follows the very recent resignation of chairperson Khanyi Mkhonza.
Peter Vundla, Christine Qunta and Fedila Lagadian had also previously resigned from the board.
New Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda was scheduled to meet with the board on 12 June. Nyanda told Business Day that an interim board is likely to be set up as per the Broadcasting Amendment Act. However, the remaining six board members (one of which is Mkhonza) would need to resign before an interim chairperson is appointed. The other option is a lengthy parliamentary process to remove the remaining board members individually.
The SABC is seeking R2bn from Treasury to extricate itself from its dire financial crisis – it is R800m in the red and owes independent producers R60m.
Meanwhile, on 11 June, former Group CEO Dali Mpofu was vindicated when the South Gauteng high Court ruled that his suspension by the board last year was unlawful.