Johannesburg - SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini has told the Zondo commission that the SABC’s mandate as a public broadcaster has been compromised over prolonged years of mismanagement and lack of government support.
Makhathini was testifying at the commission’s investigation into state capture at the SABC.
He was appointed as board chairperson in 2017 and saw a number of his fellow board members resign last year.
Makhathini spoke frankly about the financial challenges facing the broadcaster which led to its board considering retrenchments - which were later halted at the request of Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
He said the SABC had failed, due to financial constraints, to live up to its mandate of providing a platform for community involvement and content that reflects that rich background of South Africa.