Christine Qunta has resigned as deputy chairwoman of the SABC board, writes Buddy Naidu in The Times.
This comes only a week before the board appears before ParliamentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s communications portfolio committee to account for a my-riad problems crippling the broadcaster.
Qunta is the second, after businessman Peter Vundla, to leave the board. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said her resignation takes effect from April 1. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHer letter was handed to the company secretary yesterday and no reasons were provided by her.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Business Times understands Qunta left after clashing with board chairwoman Kanyi Mkhonza over a variety of issues. Chief among them is believed to be the leaking of a preliminary forensic report to the Sunday Times ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â within days of it being presented to the audit committee of the board.
The committee consists of Mkhonza, Bheki Khumalo, Gloria Serobe and Desmond Golding. The report alleged that the former head of the international programme acquisition division, Matilda Gaboo, allegedly wasted R49- million on buying dud programmes and giving contracts to friends. Following its publication, the SABC said on Monday it ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œregretsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the leak.
It promised to probe and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œget to the bottom of the cause of this leakage and make sure that this investigation and many others are finalised as soon as possibleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
Click here to read the full report, posted on The Times's website.