The African National Congress (ANC) has used its majority in the National Assembly to approve the names of 12 people to serve on the SABC board, despite objections to two candidates.
Most opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) wanted Febe Potgieter-Gqubule and Krish Naidoo dropped from the list because of their proximity to the ruling party.
When the issue was put to a vote in the House on Wednesday, 194 MPs supported the names, 76 voted against and nine abstained.
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu’s office welcomed the National Assembly’s endorsement of 12 names, saying they bring will bring a mix of expertise to the SABC.
But the Democratic Alliance’s Phumzile van Damme is worried about cadre deployment.
“Despite the best efforts of the DA and other opposition parties on the committee, it seems that cadre deployment will yet again return to the SABC.”
Congress of the People’s Willie Madisha also expressed his reservations.
“[This] regards the insistence by the ANC in recommending certain people with strong ties to the ANC.”
The names will now be sent to the president who makes the appointments and will select one of them to be the chairperson.