President Jacob Zuma has appointed five members to the interim board of the SABC. File picture: Cara Viereckl/Independent Media

Johannesburg - Anglo American’s former South Africa director, Khanyisile Kweyama, was appointed interim chairman of the nation’s public broadcaster, President Jacob Zuma’s office said Sunday, as he named five members to the board.

Kwenyama, who also is chief executive of Business Unity South Africa, will lead the South African Broadcasting Commission after Mbulaheni Maguvhe, the former chairman and last board member, left in December amid a revolt by journalists against censorship and a parliamentary inquiry.

"We wish Ms. Kweyama and her team well as they begin the important task of leading and revitalizing one of the most important national resources, the SABC," Zuma said in a statement.

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Zuma also named John Matisson, Mathatha Tsedu, Febbe Portgieter-Gqubule and Krish Naidoo for an initial six month period.

The SABC, which operates four television channels and 22 radio stations, is battling to quell a journalist revolt over censorship of programs that portrayed the government in an unfavourable light and its ban on screening footage of protesters destroying property because it didn’t want to encourage violence.