President Zuma Accepts SABC Board Chairperson Maguvhe’s Resignation

After last week’s Inquiry into the collapse of good governance at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Professor Mbulaheni Obert Maguvhe has resigned as Chairperson of the Board of the country’s national broadcaster. 

On Monday the Presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of Professor Maguvhe.

 

“The President has thanked Professor Maguvhe for his services during his tenure at the SABC and wished him all the best for his future endeavours.”

Maguvhe was the last remaining member of the Board, leaving the future of the ad hoc committee uncertain. Usually the Deputy Chairperson automatically takes the role, as happened on 17 December two years ago when Maguvhe took over from Ellen Tshabalala after she resigned. 

Maguvhe was criticised during the Parliamentary Committee’s #SABCInquiry last week for appearing to be completely oblivious of the major issues facing the SABC.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip John Steenhuisen welcomed the resignation, saying: “It’s just a real pity that he’s had to put himself and the SABC through a shameful charade in Parliament over the last two weeks. It was very clear that he was evasive; unwilling to accept any responsibility and we’re glad that the resignation is a signal of his defeat. There’s still a long way to go at the SABC to be rescued from those who captured it. The inquiry will continue to get to the bottom of it and to hold people like Maguvhe accountable.”