Committee taking SABC’s absence from hearing in stride
SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maghuve did not attend the hearing on Thursday, despite being scheduled to appear.
CAPE TOWN – The chairperson of a Parliamentary committee probing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board says it is taking the public broadcaster’s absence from the hearings in its stride.
The committee is leading an inquiry into the board's fitness to hold office.
SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maghuve, who is partially blind, is refusing to participate after walking out of the committee because documents were not available in braille.
Maghuve did not attend the hearing on Thursday, despite being scheduled to appear.
Committee chairperson Vincent Smith says: “We’re taking everything on our strides. We said when we started, this is a marathon. I think this is part of the course.”
Smith has instructed Parliament's legal team to start a process to summons Maguvhe to appear on Tuesday.
“It’s a matter for us to make sure we stay on the right side of the law, exercise whatever powers we’ve without necessary infringing on the rights of whoever the other side might be.”
Following submissions by a former SABC CEO and former board members, the committee has unanimously decided to call former SABC chairs Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tshabalala.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)