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SABC board inquiry to get underway today

It was delayed last week when the only remaining board member and chairperson launched court action.

Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The parliamentary inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will get underway today.

It was delayed last week when the only remaining board member and chairperson, Mbulaheni Maguvhe, launched court action to interdict the investigation, which was unsuccessful.

He cited alleged bias from opposition members.

Parliament established an ad hoc committee to look into the board's affairs and Maguvhe’s fitness to hold office.

The first group of witnesses to be interviewed today includes Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).

Parliament's ad hoc committee will sit for 11 days as it looks into Maguvhe's fitness to hold office following a rash of resignations of board members.

Members plan to submit a final report on the matter in mid-February.

Mkhwebane has requested the chapter nine institution's investigators be interviewed in-camera for their safety, a request that has raised eyebrows with some Members of Parliament.

In September, the public broadcaster reported a loss of R411 million for the 2015/2016 financial year, but insists it is solvent.

It has also come under fire after Hlaudi Motsoeneng was appointed as the SABC’s group executive of corporate affairs.

Maguvhe had claimed that Members of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications were trying to bully him with an inquiry into the board.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)