SABC inquiry: Motsoeneng, delegation stage walkout

The SABC board inquiry has been disrupted again with the delegation staging a walkout from proceedings in Parliament.

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CAPE TOWN - Hlaudi Motsoeneng and rest of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) delegation has staged a walkout from ad hoc committee proceedings at Parliament.

The committee deliberated whether to proceed or not earlier on Wednesday, after committee member Mbulaheni Maguvhe lodged an appeal against a Western Cape High Court ruling preventing him from halting the committee's work.

Maguvhe's legal team objected that he did not have the reports from the Public Protector, Auditor-General and Icasa report available in braille.

The inquiry commenced with a series of presentations by the offices of the Public Protector, Auditor General and Icasa.

A sluggish start for the inquiry into the SABC board's fitness to hold office, with the opening day marred by several adjournments.

Committee Chairperson Vincent Smith ruled the day’s proceedings will go ahead without the SABC delegation, but demanded outstanding reports requested of the board be made available.

“The non-presentation of the documents I requested earlier on is non-negotiable. This committee wants those documents and we’ve instructed the legal team to go to the highest court in land if needs be.”

These reports include documents relating to Motsoeneng’s most recent appointment and an SABC skills audit report.

Opposition Members of Parliament have criticised Maguvhe’s latest court bid as a desperate stalling tactic.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)