SABC board chair must appear before parliamentary committee this week

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has instructed Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana to issue a summons.

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

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has officially instructed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson, Mbulaheni Maguvhe, to appear before an inquiry, or face criminal action.

Maguvhe, the only remaining non-executive board member, not only walked out on the ad hoc committee, but also failed to appear on the day he was scheduled to testify.

He claimed his constitutional rights were being violated because he was not given documents in braille as he is blind.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has instructed Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana to issue a summons for Maguvhe to appear on Tuesday.

The subpoena also comes with an order that he delivers SABC documents that are required by the ad hoc committee.

Committee chairperson Vincent Smith says the documents are critical to its work.

“One of the documents requested was a SABC skills audit that was done by Pricewaterhouse.”

Smith adds Members of Parliament are looking forward to having fruitful discussions with Maguvhe when he appears this week.

Former SABC executives, including the ex-group executive for human resources Jabulani Mabaso and journalists known as the SABC 8, will make submissions on Monday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)