Business Day reports that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is negotiating a short term contract with its former head of Strategy, Sipho Sithole, to replace acting head Justice Ndaba, who hit the headlines two weeks ago when SABC board chair Dr Ben Ngubane claimed to parliament that Ndaba was a consultant and not a permanent employee, when SABC documentation and Ndaba’s presence at senior executive and board meetings suggests otherwise. There have also been a spate of newspaper reports alleging Ndaba had a dispute with a prostitute in London.
Sithole has had his fair share of controversy too. In 2009 he was accused of conflict of interests – that his private interests in the music and film industries conflicted with his duties at the public broadcaster.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said on 1 November this year that Sithole had been cleared of the allegations against him.