The DA has expressed concern over links the new SABC board chairperson and deputy chairperson have to President Jacob Zuma’s family.

Bongumusa Makhathini and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule were elected Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson by Zuma this morning, as he signed the SABC board in.

Makhathini is also the Chairman of a foundation run by one of President Zuma’s wives, Bongi Ngema-Zuma. “His proximity to the Zuma family is a concern,” DA spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme said.

Potgieter-Gqubule, has been a close ally and adviser to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during her term as AU Chair.

“It is obvious that the President wilfully delayed the appointment the permanent SABC board because he wanted certain individuals on the board to serve his own interests, not those of the South African public,” van Damme said.

“The SABC needs individuals who will carry out the mandate of the SABC, act within the prescripts of the Broadcasting Act and not bow to political pressure.”

The DA said it is reassuring that there are some very qualified and suitable individuals on the board and wished them well all during their tenure.