The SABC office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
The SABC office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Two well-known actors‚ a kwaito music producer and a former ANC Youth League deputy president are all in the running to be on the next board of the SABC.

They are part of a list of 363 individuals who applied to fill 12 vacancies on the SABC’s permanent board‚ once the current interim board’s tenure comes to an end in September. The list of names was submitted to the portfolio committee on communications‚ which met on Tuesday to discuss the process it will follow when shortlisting candidates.

It’s not clear, however, whether applicants applied personally or were nominated by someone else.

Tony Kgoroge‚ who has appeared in movies such as Invictus and Blood Diamond with Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou; and Jack Devnarain‚ who plays Rajesh Kumar on popular local soapie Isidingo‚ are among the applicants.

Another notable applicant is music producer Gabi le Roux who produced the late Mandoza’s crossover hit, Nkalakatha. Former ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola has also thrown his hat into the ring.

Other applicants include former SABC executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s lawyer Zola Majavu‚ who was also a top Premier Soccer League official; former 2010 World Cup spokesperson, Rich Mkhondo; and former SABC head of news Dr Snuki Zikalala.

Former board members Rachel Kalidass and Desmond Golding are also on the list of aspirant board members.

Communications portfolio committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana told the meeting that members have not seen the CVs of all those who applied and so couldn’t draw up a shortlist yet. He confirmed that all shortlisted candidates will be vetted by an independent organisation contracted by Parliament.

The committee will sit for three days to interview a shortlist of 36 candidate, with each interview taking a maximum of 45 minutes. DA MP Phumzile van Damme said they first want to do their own research on each candidate and that Parliament should publish the CVs of all those shortlisted, saying "Civil society must also be able to comment on the candidates".

The ANC’s Lerumo Kalako agreed with the proposals on time limits and the number of shortlisted candidates, saying: "Each member must be allowed to choose 12 names which they think are the best."

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of the EFF objected to holding interviews for four days saying it would disadvantage those being interviewed first and benefit those coming last. He said the committee should focus on the quality, not the quantity of applications: "But I have to emphasise on the quality. I’m comfortable with the 36."

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