Minister Muthambi, R2K to testify at SABC inquiry

The duo will on Wednesdays appear before Parliament’s ad hoc committee probing the SABC board’s fitness to hold office.

FILE: Department of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS..

JOHANNESBURG – Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is expected to testify on Wednesday before Parliament’s ad hoc committee probing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board’s fitness to hold office.

Representatives from the civic group the Right2Know Campaign will also to testify.

This after they welcomed the Western Cape High Court’s ruling that Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as group executive of corporate affairs was unlawful.

R2K’s Jayshree Pather says the ruling proves concerns raised by civil society.

“Civil society have been raising concerns about what is happening at the SABC for well over 10 years. With this inquiry, we are trying to get much more insight into what has been happening, and the extent of the rot of the corruption and mismanagement.”

Meanwhile, the South African National Editors Forum’s Mthatha Tsedu says while the SABC may be wounded, it’s not mortally wounded.

“It has the ability to continue function despite all the big fights of big people inside and outside the corporation. As long as Parliament can utilise this as a moment to be ceased, to be utilised to turn the tide around, the future for the SABC is there.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)