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Johannesburg - The appointment of Chris Maroleng as the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the SABC was on Wednesday welcomed by Parliament and the ANC.

Maroleng was officially appointed to the post, effective from February 1, 2018.

He takes over from disgraced executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who was dismissed last year following a disciplinary hearing brought against him for bringing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) into disrepute and causing irreparable damage.

The ANC's study group on communications in a statement welcomed Maroleng's appointment at the helm of the public broadcaster.

"This appointment comes a week after the SABC board briefed parliament's portfolio committee on communications that the process of vetting and appointing the COO would be finalised this week.

"The ANC welcomes this decision and hopes that Maroleng’s appointment will take the public broadcaster to new heights."

Adding to this was the c hairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, Humprey Maxegana, who lauded the board for its choice.

Maxegana added that the committee was confident the SABC board had selected the most suitable candidate for this position and had expressed "full confidence that Maroleng will bring stability and lead the previously-embattled SABC".

"The committee also notes the board’s commitment to filling managerial posts and hopes that the post of COO and Chief Financial Officer (CEO), once filled, will strengthen management impetus at the SABC. 

"The committee wishes Maroleng well in his new role."