THERE are no divisions in the SABC board over the appointment of new group CEO Solly Mokoetle, its chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane said in Johannesburg, according to a report on

"The factual situation is that all the non-executive board members accepted the new group CEO… I'm not in a position to say who spoke to the Sunday Times about divisions and we are not investigating that," he told a press briefing during the handover from the interim to the permanent board in Auckland Park.

He said both boards had confidence in Mokoetle, who took up a five-year contract on January 1.

The new board was not investigating Mokoetle.

He reportedly left the state broadcaster in a huff as chief operations officer following a damning audit report compiled by Gobodo Forensic and Investigative Accounting in 2005. According to a Sunday Times report he had badly failed in his corporate governance duties.

"We have nothing on the table to investigate him… there were two boards before us. They didn't act on it. We are also not investigating him unless he does something funny," Ngubane said.

Mokoetle said he was at ease after a "baptism of fire" a week ago when he took over the position. He thanked the interim board for its courage in appointing him, and the new board for having confidence in him to lead and restore the SABC's professionalism and integrity.

His priorities would be ensuring financial stability and restoring the relationship with advertisers and programme producers.

Former SABC interim board chairperson Irene Chamley said the handover meeting, the first of its kind, was held to ensure transparency and accountability, and to ensure the new board was in a position to immediately continue with the process of turning the SABC around and restoring its integrity.

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