SABC board’s failures dissected in Parliament

Parliament’s probe into the SABC is approaching its final stretch as MPs thrash out what should be contained in its draft report.

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 - The failure of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to carry out its duties is now being dissected at Parliament.

Parliament’s probe into the SABC is approaching its final stretch, with Members of Parliament (MPs) thrashing out what should be contained in its draft report.

MPs want the draft report to reflect just how short the board came in meeting its legal obligations to steer the public broadcaster along the right path.

African National Congress (ANC) MP Hlomane Chauke says, “Some of the decisions of the board clearly show the majority of the board members did not exercise care, skills and diligence as expected of directors in their position.”

The ANC’s Juli Kilian says the board also failed in its special mandate to ensure the SABC operated as a public broadcaster.

“It failed to monitor and enforce compliance with the charter of the corporation and I think that is a massive failure.”

MPs believe the board’s unbecoming conduct fuelled the exodus of experienced executives.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)