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Muthambi, Madonsela to testify at Parly’s inquiry into SABC board

The latest two SABC board members to resign are also on the witness list for the inquiry, which is set to begin hearings at the end of this month.

FILE: Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela are among those who will be called to testify before a Parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The latest two SABC board members to resign are also on the witness list.

President Jacob Zuma has accepted the resignations of board Members Nomvuyo Mhlakaza and Aaron Tshidzumba with immediate effect.

Their departure means board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe is the last non-executive member of the board still standing.

The resignations came just ahead of Tuesday’s first meeting of the multi-party ad hoc committee appointed to investigate the board’s conduct, amid concerns about the safety of other potential witnesses.

The committee is worried about the death threats, intimidation and harassment directed against certain SABC staff members known as the SABC 8.

All are on the witness list for the inquiry, which is set to begin hearings at the end of this month.

Committee chairperson, African National Congress MP Vincent Smith says: “We must condemn in the strongest terms, intimidation of anybody in the media, and I do that on the mandate of the committee, so we condemn, in the strongest possible terms, intimidation of the members of the media from giving evidence to this committee.”

Smith says the committee will raise its concerns with the relevant authorities.

Other new names on the witness list include Madonsela, Muthambi, the SABC’s company secretary, and senior SABC journalist Sophie Mokoena.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)