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Johannesburg - Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo on Thursday announced her decision to extend the appointments of the SABC acting Group Chief Executive, Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 

Nomsa Philiso who was appointed acting CEO, Bessie Tugwana, appointed acting COO, and Thabile Dlamini, the broadcaster's acting CFO, all had their terms extended until their vacancies are filled on a permanent basis.  

The three were appointed in July and were only supposed to serve in their positions until October 2017.

Dlodlo in a statement confirmed the extension, saying this was in line with section 13.7.4 of the Memorandum of Incorporation of the SABC. 

The [section] provides that “any person appointed to act in the stead of the GCEO, CFO and the COO shall only be appointed for a period of three months, subject to any extended period being approved by the Minister, and in the event of the Minister approving such extended period shall be an ex officio Director as contemplated in section 66 (4) (a) (ii)  of the Companies Act

“I hope this will enhance stability, ensure continuity and facilitate a seamless transition and a proper handover process for the incoming board,” Dlodlo added. 

Dlodlo recently came under scrutiny after she was accused of overstepping and interfering in the affairs of the public broadcaster.

A group of journalists, known as the SABC 8, penned an open letter, expressing concern about what they termed the possible “recapture” of the SABC. 

Dlodlo has since rubbished this, saying she had not interest in getting involved in the operational affairs of the broadcaster.