South Africa state broadcaster, SABC has appointed a Uganda born James Aguma as its new acting Chief Executive Officer.
The SABC revealed that James Aguma will take over from Jimi Matthews, the acting chief executive who resigned this week.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the SABC Online revealed that James Aguma would take over from outgoing acting group chief executive Jimi Matthews, who resigned on Monday.
The Chairperson of the SABC Board Mbulayeni Maguvhe says that the public broadcaster is not in crisis.
This follows the abrupt resignation of the SABC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Jimi Matthews on Monday, citing what he termed the “corrosive atmosphere” pervading the organisation.
Matthews resignation follows the suspension of three senior editorial staff for questioning an instruction not to cover NGO the Right to Know’s protest outside the SABC’s Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban offices last week.
While addressing SABC staff in the nine provinces Maguvhe said the Board respects Matthews’s decision and wishes him well.
Maguvhe says the SABC is plagued by outside interference.
The SABC Board has asked political parties to stop interfering with operations of the public broadcaster.
“The other problem we have as SABC is this issue of political interference. There was a party picketing at Auckland Park now; when parties start to picket to me it is political interference. I know parties know where to debate their issues and we also from time to time go to Cape Town to address our portfolio committee on communications I think this is where these matters should as well be referred to,” Maguvhe explained.
Maguvhe was reacting to a DA protest outside the SABC Auckland Park offices in Johannesburg on Tuesday, calling for the resignation of the COO Hlaudi Motseoneng and accusing him of invoking censorship.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee for Communications Humphrey Maxegwana has however expressed deep concern at developments at the SABC.
James Aguma who takes over from Jimi Matthews is originally from Uganda. He was born on 29th June.
Aguma is a qualified chartered accountant, with Finance, Accounting, Corporate Governance, Audit and Internal controls qualifications from Uganda’s Makerere University (1988 – 1991) and the University of Cape Town (1996 – 1998).
Aguma is also a registered assessor with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and holds a certificate in Rough Diamond Grading and Assessments.
Aguma’s most recent position was as Chief Financial Officer at the SABC from January 2015.
Prior to that, he was acting CFO at the public broadcaster from March to December 2014.
Between March 2013 and March 2014, Aguma worked as the SABC’s General Manager of Strategic Support.
He’s also worked for the Auditor General and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.