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Parly committee to serve Mbulaheni Maguvhe with official summons

The SABC board chairperson was scheduled to appear before the committee on Thursday afternoon.

FILE: A screengrab of SABC acting CEO James Aguma and SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe at a press briefing.

CAPE TOWN – The parliamentary ad hoc committee investigating the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board says it has no choice but to issue an official summons for its chair Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe.

The committee says its members have agreed that their legal team must now make sure that Maguvhe appears before the committee.

The SABC board chairperson was scheduled to appear before the committee on Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Maguvhe stormed out of the hearings claiming the committee bullied him and that the documents have not been made available in Braille for him.

The committee says the chair has never before requested documents be made available in braille.

Committee chair Vincent Smith says they asked if Maguvhe has posed this request with the Auditor General before
during its reports, he institution says no.

“We repeated that question to the public protector as to whether there was a requirement or a request for her report when she presented it to be converted into braille, she also said no. and similarly we put it to Icasa, they too said no.”

MOTSOENENG IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The second full day of the SABC inquiry has also heard details around the relationship between Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Maguvhe.

Witnesses have come out strongly against Motsoeneng and his relationship with the last remaining board member.

Former SABC board member Vusi Mavuso says there has been a common thread in the board’s past.

“To the current situation, Maghuvhe as the chairperson has been a common threatand the common denominator has been one person: Mr Motsoeneng.”

Former SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo claims Motsoeneng’s relationship with the board undermined her authority.

She has testified he once stormed her office screaming that she would not be in her position of it was not for him.

Another former board member Ronnie Lubisi has told the committee Motsoeneng’s appointment as COO was done without due process.

He adds its common knowledge that the board has failed in its duties.

MOKHOBO THREATENED

The former SABC CEO claims she’d been threatened before testifying on Thursday at the inquiry.

She declined to identified those who made the threats.

Smith has suggested she can provide the names in camera or during a one-on-one with him.

Committee members probed Mokhobo to reveal who has been threatening her.

“You spoke of threats, of being sued and so on, where are those coming from?”, a committee member asked.

Mokhobo said, “I can’t mention names but it is certain individuals within the SABC.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)