MPs hear of communication minister's alleged undue influence at SABC

This emerged during the second of day of hearings, which form part of a parliamentary inquiry into the public broadcaster.

FILE: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) officials have told members of Parliament (MPs) of Communication Minister Faith Muthambi alleged interference in the running of the broadcaster.

This emerged at the second of day of hearings, which form part of a parliamentary inquiry into the company's affairs.

At the same time, the ad hoc committee has demanded outstanding documents from the broadcaster’s board be handed over.

The committee says it had requested outstanding documents from the SABC board last month.

The documents include information related to the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as Group Executive of Corporate Affairs, management reports responding the Auditor-General’s findings and a report on internal audit meetings.

Committee chairperson Vincent Smith says the board indicated it lost the reports.

“Section 14 2(a) of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act 2014 for professor Maghuve to appear before this committee as a witness.”

Committee members have emphasised the importance of the public broadcaster to serve the interests of South Africans.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)