CAPE TOWN - Rachel Kalidass of the newly appointed SABC board has resigned this morning.
Kalidass's resignation comes amid controversial appointments of the SABC CEO and COO positions. Kalidass, has this morning released a surprising letter to President Jacob Zuma, explaining all reasons for her resignation.
"After receiving the handover report presented by the interim board, the new board interviewed the proposed GCEO and COO candidates at the offices of the recruitment agency, Talent Africa, on the evening of October 31," reveals Kalidass.
"These were the first choice candidates previously submitted to former Minister Ayanda Dlodlo but not finalised upon completion of the interim board’s term,"reads the letter.
"Despite the GCEO candidate having allegations of fraud and corruption levelled against him during his previous employment, as well as conflict of interest with a significant SABC content service provider, the majority of the board members were in favour of having him appointed as the SABC GCEO," writes Kalidass. The Democratic Alliance this morning said it will not accept Mukoki as the SABC CEO considering her previous employment behaviour at Land Bank.
"Rachel Kalidass’s resignation this morning from the SABC board is a definitive sign that it is back to "business as usual" at the public broadcaster," DA Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile Van Damme said.
The opposition party warned that the majority of the SABC board members favoured Mukoki.
Mukoki responded to DA's statement and said, "I have noted with concern the comments by the DA’s Ms Van Damme on the SABC board issues relating to my name. Firstly, I have not been offered a position by the SABC board, nor by anyone else for that matter".
It is only one month the president has announced the names of the new SABC board, and the public broadcaster's board is embroiled in favouritism on executive positions' appointments.
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE