Parliamentary inquiry into SABC board resumes

A leaked working document suggests that MPs are set to take a tough line on witnesses found to have misled the committee.

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

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board resumes on Thursday.

A leaked working document suggests that Members of Parliament are set to take a tough line on witnesses found to have misled the committee, as it develops proposals to get the public broadcaster back on track.

The working document puts former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the centre of divisions in successive boards from 2009 until last year.

It also suggests that the role of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi be clarified to prevent what it calls 'undue encroachment' on the daily operations of the SABC or its board.

The working document details the divisions on the board between those who wanted to do the right thing and those who had their own agenda, which was not necessarily in the interests of the public broadcaster.

It says the board’s dissolution must be finalised urgently and has a task list for the new interim board that is yet to be appointed.

This includes investigating so-called suspicious deals the SABC entered into with MultiChoice and The New Age, as well as more than R5 billion in irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure accumulated over recent years.

The United Democratic Movement is set to argue that Motsoeneng should be allowed to testify, but some MPs on the committee are opposed, saying he’s already been dealt with by the High Court in December, which ruled he can hold no position until the Public Protector report is set aside on review, or a fresh disciplinary hearing clears him.

View the leaked document below:

Leaked SABC Working Document by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)