Clifford Motsepe. Picture: Montsho Matlala
Phuti Mosomane and Sapa
Limpopo co-operative governance MEC Clifford Motsepe resigned from the SABC board "long before" the SACP asked for his withdrawal, the public broadcaster said on Monday.
"We cannot accept that any party can take glory out of this [his resignation]. The SACP gives the impression that they are the ones telling us what to do, but that is incorrect," SA Broadcasting Corporation spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said.
"Mr Motsepe resigned long before the SACP could even think of this."
He said President Jacob Zuma appointed Motsepe, and the broadcaster was waiting for him to accept the resignation.
"He [Motsepe] has never attended a board meeting since resigning."
On Monday, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) an affiliate of Cosatu welcomed the news that Clifford Motsepe has in fact long resigned.
"If he indeed resigned, is good- we can’t have a politician in the SABC but if he is still there we will have a big problem. It is conflict of interest.
“We welcome the resignation and wish Motsepe well as an MEC”, CWU National Spokesperson Matankana Mothapo told The New Age Online.
On Friday the SA Communist Party called on the broadcaster to "withdraw" Motsepe's membership because he was a politician, and did not qualify to be a board member.
"The SABC is supposed to be a political body [in which] no politicians should sit. There is one MEC from this province who is sitting on the SABC board and that is illegal” SACP Limpopo secretary Gilbert Kganyago said at the time.