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SABC inquiry: Mbulaheni Maguvhe expected to appear before MPs

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete earlier ordered Maguvhe be summonsed to appear before the ad hoc committee.

A screengrab of SABC acting CEO James Aguma and SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe at a press briefing.

CAPE TOWN – South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe is expected to testify in Parliament on Tuesday, where the inquiry into the fitness of the board to hold office enters its fifth day.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete earlier ordered Maguvhe be summonsed to appear before the ad hoc committee conducting the inquiry.

Maghuve is the only remaining non-executive board member.

He was part of a SABC delegation that walked out of the hearings last week.

Witnesses so far have painted a bleak picture of political interference, censorship and SABC funds being channeled to support the Gupta TV channel, ANN7.

The absence of a SABC delegation has meant that witnesses have not been questioned on their evidence of what’s been called a 'reign of terror' by Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The SABC’s lawyers want to cross-examine witnesses on Thursday, but this seems unlikely with Members of Parliament insisting this should have happened from the start of the hearings.

Top SABC journalists have slated the board for not acting to stop the rot.

Economics editor Thandeka Gqubule, who testified on Monday, said, “Now we are increasingly required to subvert these very ethics of the profession in our daily operations, which contradicts what I have always stood for, and compromises me as a professional and in the eyes of our communities, our parents and the South African public.”

Company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys is also on the witness list for today.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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