DA national spokesperson and MP Phumzile van Damme, said: “The DA notes with grave concern the appointment of SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini and deputy chairperson Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, who are close allies to President Zuma and his family. This comes after the president has been in possession of the recommended candidates (list) for over a month”.
She said the SABC interim board’s term of office came to an end on September 26 and the embattled entity has been without a board since.
“Despite the appointments finally being made, the DA has some concerns regarding the suitability and impartiality of the chairperson and deputy chairperson appointed by the president,” said Van Damme.
“Makhathini is also the chairman of a foundation run by one of President Zuma’s wives, Bongi Ngema-Zuma.