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On Tuesday, parliament’s portfolio committee on communications resolved to put the shortlisting process of candidates for the eight vacancies at the board of the SABC on hold. Following a heated debate during a committee meeting, Hlengiwe Mkhize, who chairs the portfolio committee said, given the history of challenges at the board of the troubled public broadcaster, it would be best to first conduct exit interviews with those who resigned from the current board before filling the vacancies.

Mkhize said exit interviews will be conducted from March 5. EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had suggested earlier that it wouldn’t be in the best interests of the committee for the SABC to rush the appointment process of new board members. He said the committee should conduct exit interviews with the board members who resigned to get a first-hand account of the challenges they faced, before replacing them. However, DA MP Phumzile Van Damme said the vacancies should be filled urgently, and the exit ...

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