Probe into SABC board a 'lengthy process', says Parly legal team
A legal advisor says that President Zuma has to disband the board if Parliament recommends it.
CAPE TOWN - Parliament's legal team says a proposed inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board would be a long process.
Board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe yesterday announced he will not resign as requested by parliament's portfolio committee on communications.
During a parliamentary briefing two non-executive board members, K rish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso tendered their resignations.
The communications portfolio committee intends writing to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, requesting a parliamentary probe be launched into the SABC board's fitness to hold office.
Senior parliamentary legal advisor advocate Nthutuzelo Vanara explains that a proper inquiry must precede a declaration to declare the board unfit.
"There is a lengthy process of a due inquiry that must unfold."
He adds that President Jacob Zuma has to disband the board if such a recommendation came from Parliament.
"The appointing body, that is the president, has no discretion but to dissolve the board if he receives a resolution to dissolve the board."
The communications committee wants the remaining board members to resign, but the chairperson has made it clear he will not.