Zuma appoints SABC chairperson and deputy

President Jacob Zuma on Friday appointed Mbulaheni Maguvhe, the current acting SABC chairman, to the position permanently and fellow board member Leah Khumalo as his deputy, the Presidency has announced.

The appointments take immediate effect.

“President Zuma has wished Professor Maguvhe and Ms Khumalo all the best in their new responsibilities,” presidential spokesman Harold Maloka said.

The embattled public broadcaster has been without a quorum for months following the resignation of several board members, among them former chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala, and the contested removal of three other members, Hope Zinde, Rachel Kalidass and Ronnie Lubisi.

It has been without a permanent chairperson since Tshabalala quit under a cloud in December last year, after she was found to have lied about her academic qualifications.

This comes as at least 150 employees are facing disciplinary action for allegedly colluding with doctors to defraud the public broadcaster’s medical aid scheme.