President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo, have been accused of deliberately stalling the appointment process of the new SABC board for their own agendas.

Zuma is yet to officially sign the board in, over a month after it was elected in Parliament by National Assembly. Usually, it would only take up to a week or less for the President to do so.

Late last month, Zuma said he was still “considering” the recommendations and later added yesterday that he wanted to vet the qualifications and references of each individual.

According to a report in yesterday’s City Press, sources close to the process have said Zuma and Dlodlo want to make their own appointments for the positions of CEO, COO and CFO, which are still vacant.

It is also alleged that Dlodlo and former interim board chair, Khanyisile Kweyama, do not see eye-to-eye on the names recommended for the positions.

“It is alleged that Dlodlo wants to ram through her preferred candidates, while the ANC’s deployment committee also wants to have a say in who occupies the three strategic positions,” City Press said.

It has also been alleged that Dlodlo and Zuma want to serve the interests of the ANC through the SABC’s news department, especially in run up to December elective conference and the 2019 national elections.