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A NEW SABC board is set to take the reins at the struggling broadcaster before the end of the year - but opposition parties have slammed the appointments, saying their preferred candidates were sidelined.
Only two of the 12-member board were preferred by the opposition. They are Trevor Manuel's biographer Pippa Green and Suzanne Vos, a former IFP MP currently serving on the interim board.
Cope MP Juli Killian lashed out at the ANC saying: "They let us down very badly. They just rammed through their 10 candidates though behind the scenes they told us we could have four."
Killian said a battle had been waged over Sowetan columnist William Mervin Gumede, whom the ANC reportedly refused to support to the board because he often criticises the party in the media.
ID leader Patricia de Lille said all the parties had coincidentally agreed on seven names but that the ANC would not brook any discussion over the remaining five. The 12 names put forward by the portfolio committee on communications yesterday must now be endorsed by parliament.
They include the ANC's choices of former ambassador to France Barbara Masekela, former arts and culture minister Ben Ngubane and marketing expert Clare O'Neil - who was initially supported by Cope.
The ANC Youth League's choice, Nkomatane Clifford Motsepe, and SACP's candidate, journalist David Niddrie, also made it on to the board. Former board member Desmond Golding was also returned to the new board.
Yesterday three civil society candidates, supported by Save our SABC Coalition, were chosen. These are lawyer Peter Harris, broadcaster Felleng Sekha and engineer Magatho Mello. Cedric Gina will represent labour.