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Johannesburg - The South African Communist Party (SACP) has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma for "sitting" on Parliament's recommended names for the SABC board. 

Zuma has been accused by both opposition parties and civil society of causing a leadership vacuum at the public broadcaster after he failed to approve and appoint the recommended names for the SABC board. 

Concerns are growing about the SABC's future as the previous interim board's term expired last week, leaving a lack of leadership in place. 

Parliament finished its work and compiled a list of 12 names for Zuma to consider weeks ago. 

The SACP said on Tuesday said that Zuma should be held responsible if there is a "governance deficit" at the SABC while he is still making up his mind about the list of names brought before him. 

"The President is sitting on Parliament's recommended names for appointment to the SABC board, while the term of the interim board has expired." 

"Zuma's inaction has opened a governance vacuum at the SABC and must be viewed by all South Africans as a cause of concern," said the SACP in statement. 

The party has called for Zuma to appoint the recommended person immediately without wasting more time. 

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo told Parliament on Tuesday that the impasse at SABC would be sorted in two-days. 

It has been reported that Zuma is apparently unhappy with some of the persons recommended by Parliament and that that was reason for his delay. 

But the presidency has denied this, and said Zuma was making sure that all the persons recommended met the criteria and qualifications needed to run the SABC.  

Political Bureau