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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.

FILE: The South African Broadcasting Corporation. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

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.