Parliament’s inquiry into SABC board delayed to finalise ‘names of witnesses’

SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe Picture: Gallo Images
SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe
Picture: Gallo Images

Wednesday’s planned inquiry into the fitness of the remaining members of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to hold office has been pushed back to next week.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications on Tuesday announced that the postponement is to allow it to “finalise notice of inquiry‚ names of witnesses and other logistics”.

A new date is yet to be set.

The inquiry was ordered after defiant members of the board defended the appointment of former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng as group executive of corporate affairs at an appearance before the committee earlier this month.

That appointment is being challenged in court by the Democratic Alliance‚ which is also asking for it “to make a determination of the suitability of the incumbent board and proffer legal certainty on how the board is to be dissolved and a new one appointed”.

The party’s James Selfe said the parliamentary probe would “reveal the full scope of its malfeasance to the public” after board chairperson Prof Maguvhe Mbulaheni had‚ after meeting the committee‚ “made it clear that he would not do the honourable thing by acceding to the portfolio committee on communication’s request that the board resign with immediate effect”.

Two non-executive members of the board‚ Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso‚ tendered their resignations during that committee meeting‚ which rendered the board without a quorum. – TMG Digital

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