JOHANNESBURG Dec 19 The last board member at
South Africa's state broadcaster, the SABC, has quit after a
parliamentary investigation into the board's failure to look
into allegations of misspending and censorship, the presidency
said on Monday.
Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe, who was subjected to stiff
questioning by a cross-party panel of MPs last week, had been
the sole board member following the resignation of his
colleagues this year in the wake of a string of scandals.
The SABC is the primary news source for South Africa's 54
million people but has been mired in controversy throughout most
of President Jacob Zuma's seven years in office.
At the parliamentary inquiry, journalists spoke of an
unofficial SABC focus on "sunshine news" that included a ban on
airing footage of the violent protests that still rock poor
black townships two decades after the end of apartheid.
A court ruled this month that former SABC chief operating
officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who introduced the ban on airing
violent protest footage, should not hold any position at the
SABC and barred him from entering the premises.
The court ruling was one of the latest examples of an ally
of Zuma being called to account for allegations of mismanagement
of South African public bodies.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi denied last week that
she had tried to get the SABC to suppress news of protests and
discontent, when she testified to the investigation.
The parliamentary inquiry into the SABC is due to deliver
its findings at the end of February.
(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Ed Cropley)