President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday accepted the resignations of four SABC board members who tendered resignation letters because of challenging issues at the public broadcaster.
Earlier reports suggested that board members resigned because of political interference by the newly appointed communication minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Spokesperson to the president, Khusela Diko says although the president asked for a briefing from the minister, there is currently no indication that there was political interference from her side.
There is no indication that has come to say that she sought to operationally interfere.— Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa
The president is expecting the minister to come back to him with proposals and plans as well as explain what exactly happened with the board.— Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa
The president felt it was important to accept the resignations and has now written to the speaker to inform her of the vacancies.— Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa
According to Diko, the president did not engage with any of the board members to find out what really transpired but will be getting a brief from the minister.
To hear the rest of the conversation with Khusela Diko, listen below: