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DA says working document on SABC inquiry has been leaked

The party says the document is in draft form and was circulated to members of the committee ahead of deliberations.

FILE: A screengrab  of Mbulaheni Maguvhe (front right), Communications Minister Faith Muthambi (front left), and Hlaudi Motsoeneng (back left) in a parliamentary committee meeting.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the working document of Parliament's ad hoc committee on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) inquiry has been leaked.

The opposition party has released a statement saying the document is in draft form and was circulated to members of the committee ahead of deliberations on Thursday.

It says the document is a good start but needs much more work for it to truly serve the purpose of steering the SABC to calm waters.

The document, in the possession of Eyewitness News, must still be processed by Members of Parliament and none of its contents are binding, according to chairperson Vincent Smith.

Smith, has expressed his dismay at it having been leaked and says that it has no standing as yet.

“The working document was prepared as a foundation upon which a constructive meeting of the committee and deliberations will commence, and it was drafted for that purpose only. It has no standing as an official document of the committee until deliberations are exhausted, possibly by Friday."

The document is scathing about the collapse of corporate governance at the SABC and blames Parliament’s communications committee for a lack of oversight.

It also deals with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s interference in SABC affairs.

It says the SABC deal with MultiChoice should be investigated.

It also calls for action against those responsible for an accumulated R5 billion in irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and for the funds to be recovered, where possible.

The document cites a blatant abuse of power, as well as the creation of an environment of fear and intimidation in both the SABC’s newsrooms and its administration.

View the leaked document below:

Leaked SABC Working Document by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)