Maguvhe: Employee loyalty is SABC’s biggest problem

Mbulaheni Maguvhe had to be summonsed to appear before the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC board's s fitness to hold office.

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 Mbulaheni Maguvhe says a lack of loyalty from employees is the main problem confronting the organisation in the face of detailed allegations of fraud, corruption and a general lack of corporate governance at the public broadcaster.

Maguvhe was unable to recall the specifics of a number of controversial issues confronting the SABC when he was questioned by Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday.

He had to be summonsed to appear before the parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the board after failing to appear on a previously agreed date.

He defended his own performance and that of Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Earlier, Theresa Geldenhuys, the former company secretary, was accused of lying to the inquiry, an accusation she strongly disputed.

Maguvhe told MPs he couldn’t recall or wasn’t aware of allegations of fraud, corruption, and the flouting of the law by SABC executives, or the fight by some of its own journalists for ethical reporting.

But he could say what he sees as the foremost problem with the SABC when asked by African National Congress MP Makhosi Khoza.

“First and foremost what I think is wrong with the SABC, I don’t think most of the people that are there are loyal to the SABC itself. You discuss things and one minute later you get calls to verify a leak or leaks."

Maguvhe has a solution for the ills at the SABC.

“I even joked to say if I had powers I would definitely chase everyone and employ new people, because I think people do as they please there.”

Maguvhe has told MPs that he's willing to go if they tell him to.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)