JOHANNESBURG – The resignation letters of three SABC board members have provided an insight into the deep disagreements over retrenchments at the public broadcaster

According to Eyewitness News, they have seen the resignation letters of Khanyisile Kweyama, Krish Naidoo and John Matisonn.

Their resignations come as the broadcaster has the tough task to justify to the new Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams over the retrenchments of permanent and freelance staff at the SABC.

Ndabeni-Abrahams wrote a letter to the board on the weekend, saying she had the intention stop communicating with them because they were adamant with continuing with retrenchments.

Kweyama said she is resigning from the board because she wants to focus on other responsibilities.

However Krish Naidoo appears to be in support with Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, saying in his resignation letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa that the inability of some board members to understand the difference between corporate independence, accountability and political interference was the reason for the breakdown in the relationship with the minister.

He said the SABC has a massive issue of lack of funding and needs to be addressed immediately.

Matisonn’s resignation also seen by EWN, he said that his reason to resign was due to the fact the current board’s inability to agree on the right direction and its failure or appreciate the oversight role of Parliament, adding that his attempt to suspend retrenchments have not been accepted.

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