President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally appointed 12 non-executive members to the SABC board of directors for the next five years.
The appointment follows months of delays and legal challenges due to Ramaphosa’s refusal to prioritise appointing the board of the public broadcaster.
The civil society organisation Media Monitoring Africa filed papers with the Constitutional Court, and the SOS coalition, which promotes public broadcasting, also expressed alarm about the delays.
The public broadcaster has been without a board since mid-October.
Ramaphosa appointed former National Youth Development Agency CEO Khathutshelo Ramukumba as board chairperson and Nomvuyiso Batyi as deputy chairperson in a statement released on Tuesday.
Other members of the board include former SABC head of news Phathiswa Magopeni, former SABC journalist and anchor Mpho Tsedu, former SABC Journalist Dr. Renee Horne, Adv Tseliso Thipanyane, Aifheli Makhwanya, Magdalene Moonsamy, Rearabetsoe Motaung, David Maimela, Dinkwanyane Mohuba and Palesa Kadi.
Ramaphosa said in a statement he trusts that the newly appointed board members will work hard at “ensuring that South Africa continues to benefit from a stable, independent and effective national public broadcaster”.