SABC chairman Mbulaheni Maghuve and corporate affairs executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng have shown parliament the proverbial middle finger.
In a theatrical media conference yesterday filled with bluster, obfuscation and cheap smear tactics, they said they would not be bullied into resigning.
On Wednesday, parliament resolved that it would launch an inquiry into the SABC board’s fitness to hold office and send letters to individual board members asking them to step down.
This followed the shock resignation of members Vusi Mavuso and Krish Naidoo, who said they had not been party to key decisions they would not have approved.
These included reappointing Motsoeneng to an executive post despite adverse findings by the courts and public protector, paying him a bonus of at least R10-million for clinching a controversial contract with MultiChoice, and gutting the SABC’s executive.
Motsoeneng is yet to answer questions about the bonus payment.
“I’m still waiting for the letter that’s supposed to come to me, bullying me to resign,” Maghuve said. “Let the inquiry come. I’m ready for it. I’m going nowhere.”
He accused parliament’s portfolio committee on communications of ambushing the board by peppering it with questions not contained in the committee’s brief to the board.
Yesterday, Maghuve made vague and unsubstantiated allegations against “former board members” whom he would not name.
He promised to provide reporters with documents supporting his claims but reneged on this after receiving “legal advice”, SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said.
Motsoeneng came out guns blazing against his critics.
“People are very afraid when they see a very strong person,” he said.