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Maguvhe’s bid to halt Parly inquiry into SABC board dismissed

SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe wanted the court to set aside a subpoena to appear before a Parliamentary ad-hoc committee.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has dismissed SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe’s application to halt an inquiry into the board’s fitness to hold office.

Maguvhe wanted Judge Siraj Desai to set aside a subpoena to appear before the Parliamentary ad-hoc committee into the troubled public broadcaster.

His lawyers argued the inquiry would be biased because some Members of Parliament (MPs) have already come to a pre-determined outcome.

Desai had described the board as non-functional and non-existent with Maguvhe as “the last man standing”.

Ad-hoc committee chairperson Vincent Smith says the application was a waste of time.

“I don’t think they had a leg to stand on. I think it was an exercise of delaying and the arguments raised by the applicants didn’t have anything of substance.”

Smith adds he expects Maguvhe to abide by the court’s ruling.

“I do expect the chair of the board and everybody who feels they might be adversely affected to be here to hear firsthand so they can’t argue that they were spoken about in their absence.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)