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SABC Inquiry: Cope calls on parties to quell infighting, put SA first

Cope says recent developments like the DA’s walkout on Friday, bring serious doubts that the committee will execute the mandate.

FILE: This file photo shows MPs at work on their draft report following an inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s fitness to hold office. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Congress of the People (Cope) says it’s extremely disappointed with the infighting among members of parliament’s ad hoc committee looking into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The party says the latest developments bring very serious doubts that the committee will execute the mandate given to them by Parliament.

On Friday the Democratic Alliance walked out of Parliament’s inquiry before it adopted its draft report.

It objected to the report being released without the committee’s recommendations saying affected parties, including Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and former SABC board chairpersons Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tshabalala, should have had sight of the full report, including recommendations.

Cope’s Dennis Bloem says they are calling for unity among members.

“We are sure that millions of South Africans share our disappointment. The issue of putting the party interests first and the country’s interests last causes this problem of infighting. We are calling on these party’s to put their differences aside.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says it’s unfortunate that the DA walked out of the inquiry before it adopted its draft report.

The ANC’s Moloto Mothapo says the DA is only furthering its own political agenda.

“The interest of the ANC is to ensure that the process continues to be above board, transparent, open fair and lawful. We have not entered and we will never enter into a political narrow agenda from any political party that intended to tarnish the whole process which has been cooperative and politically impartial.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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