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Johannesburg - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will hold an urgent media conference in the wake of board member Rachel Kalidass's abrupt resignation from the board.

Kalidass resigned from the board on Thursday afternoon and penned a resignation that shed light on her reasons for leaving the board abruptly.

She, along with Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Krish Naidoo, Khanyisile Kweyama, John Matisonn, Mathatha Tsedu, Michael Markovitz, Bongumusa Makhathini, Victor Rambau, Dinkwanyane Mohuba and Jack Phalane, was appointed to the new board by President Jacob Zuma in October.

Kalidass said, in a resignation letter addressed to President Jacob Zuma that she has decided to resign because of a clash with fellow board members over the possible appointment of former Land Bank CEO Alan Mukoki.

She said her fellow board members are hell-bent on pushing through the appointment of Mukoki even though he had a questionable past.

Mukoki has faced an investigation for fraud and corruption for alleged mismanagement of the Land Bank's finances. He currently works for the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci).

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Kalidass said it was these allegations and the possible of conflict of interest that Mukoki's appointment may be create, that led her to resign.

In a terse statement, the public broadcaster announced the board would hold a briefing aimed at addressing Kalidass' resignation.

The briefing is set to take place shortly in Auckland Park.

This is a developing story.

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