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Muthambi to be grilled by MPs over sacked SABC board

The DA said they've always known the removal was illegal and they want them to be rescind.

SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will be in the hot seat in Parliament today with opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) expected to grill her about the unlawful removal of three South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members.

The board dismissed three of its own in March this year, a move endorsed by the minister.

But MPs in the Communications Portfolio Committee have since received legal advice that effectively says the board acted unlawfully because only the president can remove an SABC board member.

Committee member and Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis said they've always known the removal was illegal, but they're more interested to see what will happen to those responsible for it.

"We've always contended their removal was illegal, but it will be very interesting to see what counter views the minister can bring to the table but we'll be definitely calling for them to be reinstated."

At the same time, resident Jacob Zuma has been asked to rescind the appointment of Professor Mbulaheni Maghuve as chairperson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The Presidency on Friday announced Maguvhe as Ellen Tshabalala's replacement with immediate effect.

Zuma also appointed Leah Khumalo as deputy chairperson.

The DA has written to Zuma saying the appointment was irrational.

Maghuve was acting chairperson when the board removed three of its own in March.