Maguvhe arrives for Parly inquiry

SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe is expected to testify before the parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the SABC board to hold office.

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

CAPE TOWN – South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe has arrived at Parliament.

He’s expected to testify before the parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the board to hold office later on Tuesday afternoon.

SABC company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys is expected to give her testimony first Maguvhe.

Geldenhuys, who was brought back to the SABC from retirement at the behest of then chief operating officer Hlaudi
Motsoeneng, is considered a key witness.

Earlier, the inquiry heard from former board member Professor Bongani Khumalo and the former head of procurement Madoda Shushu.

Former communications minister Yunus Carrim offered to take a lie-detector test in the face of some board members’ suspicions that he had vested interests in government’s set-top box policy.

Professor Khumalo’s told Members of Parliament (MPs) whether the set-top boxes should be encrypted or not was a bone of great contention on the board.

“Thrice he offered to take a lie-detector test so that we could prove that there was nothing corrupt about what he was doing, that he was just doing his job.”

Shushu says he red-flagged serious concerns about contracts worth hundreds of millions of rands that bypassed his department in some cases saw companies paid out without delivering.

He says he raised grave concerns about irregular transactions at the public broadcaster before he was suspended.

He’s told MPs his division was bypassed and that contracts were concluded with companies on an urgent basis and that some were paid despite not meeting their contractual obligations.

“The one that reached my desk, I realised there was no fulfillment of contractual obligations – but the payments were effected, which was a serious concern for me.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)