Parly committee concerned over developments at SABC

The committee isn’t closing the door on a full-scale parliamentary probe into the SABC.

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CAPE TOWN - The chairperson of Parliament's communications portfolio committee says it's premature to say a full-scale inquiry has been launched into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

But Humphrey Maxegwana, African National Congress Member of Parliament, says recent developments at the public broadcaster are deeply concerning and will be addressed by the committee.

The SABC has been in the spotlight over its controversial decision to ban visuals of violent protests and the axing of senior journalists, seven of whom were later reinstated after taking legal action.

Freelancer Vuyo Mvoko is to appeal against the decision not to allow him to return to the airwaves in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Maxegwana isn't closing the door on a full-scale parliamentary probe into the public broadcaster.

"Particularly around the SABC there are many, many issues. That is why we want to deal with them before the end of the year. There is concern from all [committee] members."

He says the committee must first hear what Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, the SABC board and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa have to say.

They were all scheduled to appear before the committee on Tuesday, although by late yesterday, they had yet to confirm their attendance.