South African state TV execs quit

AFP-JIJI

South Africa’s troubled public broadcaster revealed Monday that the chairman of the board and his deputy have resigned amid allegations of political interference.

Ben Ngubane was appointed chairman by President Jacob Zuma in 2009, and his deputy, Thami ka Plaatjie, joined in June 2012.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation reported that the resignations came as Communication Minister Dina Pule “appealed for the board to resolve its internal disagreements.”

Zuma’s office said he had received the resignation notices and was considering them.

Ngubane has been criticized for allowing the state broadcaster to become a mouthpiece for the ruling African National Congress and for Zuma. “They blatantly abused the SABC’s platforms,” to support Zuma’s re-election at an ANC conference last year, the opposition Democratic Alliance alleged, urging Zuma to accept the resignations.