It is a mixture of politicians, media personalities, lawyers and business people with controversial connections, writes Siyabonga Mkhwanazi in The Star

This is what the consolidated list of 62 nominees who survived Tuesday's first cut for interviews for the new SABC board looks like.

They range from businessmen like Sello Rasethaba, who had links to slain mining tycoon Brett Kebble, to former National Assembly Speaker Dr Frene Ginwala and SABC board members whose four-year tenure has been embroiled in controversy.

A shortlist was due to be hammered out on Wednesday, with some give-and-take from political parties that serve on the National Assembly's communications committee and want to whittle the names down to 40 for public interviews.

Members of the public and organisations nominated 142 people. The committee must eventually recommend 12 names for appointment to a new SABC board, whose four-year term will begin in January.

MPs serving on the committee made it clear on Tuesday that current board members would not receive preferential treatment if any are interviewed.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Suzanne Vos said they would face "interrogation" from her, given the SABC controversies under their watch.

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