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Friday, March 13, 2015

SABC dumps board member Hope Zinde who questioned the minister of communications, Faith Muthambi's interference in the SABC board.

The SABC board on Thursday dumped director Hope Zinde from the board following a vote of no confidence - with suggestions that there might be more SABC board changes soon, the SABC saying in a statement Thursday's meeting "managed to only deal with issues relating to one non-executive director Hope Zinde".

The SABC board said it passed "a vote of no confidence and resolved to remove her as a non-executive director with effect from Thursday".

The SABC board met to discuss the conduct of some SABC board members, with the previous SABC chairperson Ellen Zandile Tshabalala who've resigned, who said the public broadcaster's board is furious with people leaking information to the press.

Hope Zinde was one of the SABC board members who questioned the alleged undue interference of South Africa's minister of communications Faith Muthambi in the workings of the SABC board and warned that Faith Muthabi is diluting the powers of the SABC board to run the SABC.

"Why are we on the board, to just rubber-stamp? I do not agree," said Hope Zinde.

In January, SABC board member Prof Bongani Khumalo resigned, allegedly also because of the minister of communications Faith Muthambi's interference who allegedly sent letters to the board members asking why they should not be suspended.