Motsoeneng to appear before SABC board inquiry?

Parliament’s ad hoc committee probing the SABC board will discuss a request that Hlaudi Motsoeneng be summoned to answer questions before it.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

PARLIAMENT - Parliament’s ad hoc committee probing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will discuss a request that Hlaudi Motsoeneng answer questions before it when it reconvenes on Thursday.

The request was made last week by the United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s chief whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa.

Kwankwa told the committee he believed that Motsoeneng should be heard in the interests of fairness and natural justice.

The committee will be meeting this week to compile a draft report on the hearings it has conducted over the past two months into the collapse of corporate governance at the public broadcaster.

Committee chairperson Vincent Smith says the UDM will have to persuade MPs why Motsoeneng should now be heard when the committee had already decided no further witnesses would be called.

“I’m sure we’ll offer him an opportunity to discuss it, and to convince us to change a committee decision… which was that we would not be calling anybody else.”

Former board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala has meanwhile asked for more time to submit names of African National Congress, South African Communist Party (SACP) and Democratic Alliance politicians she claimed last week had tried to wield influence over SABC affairs.

Smith explained how he responded.

“I received an email from her about 9 o’clock on Monday night requesting time until 19 January because it was more work than she had thought. A request I altered slightly and said to her she’s got to have it with the committee by close of business on Wednesday.”

The SACP has threatened legal action against Tshabalala over her claims, but Smith says she’s protected from having anything she said against her in court as long as she did not commit perjury while testifying before the committee under oath.

The committee sits on Thursday and Friday to compile its draft report.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)