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SABC inquiry: Committee to go after witnesses who gave false information

The committee also wants answers from the legal firm that advised the SABC not to provide the inquiry with certain documents.

A screengrab of committee chairperson Vincent Smith listening to deliberations in Parliament.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s legal advisers will be drawing up a list of witnesses who may have provided the inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board with false information.

The ad hoc committee tasked with the probe also wants answers from the legal firm that advised the SABC not to provide the inquiry with certain documents on grounds that they were commercially sensitive.

Members of Parliament (MPs) are working on finalising the inquiry’s draft report and recommendations.

Former board chair Dr Ben Ngubane’s current position as Eskom board chair may come under scrutiny.

Some MPs are pushing for his fitness in that role to be investigated in the wake of his evidence before the inquiry, but there’s no consensus yet between parties.

Inquiry chairperson Vincent Smith has called for a list of witnesses who may have lied under oath and also wants answers from lawyers who advised the SABC.

“We will not be dictated to, on what to do. Parliament will act as it sees appropriate. When we acknowledged it (lawyer’s letter) we told them that we’ll act as we deem appropriate, but we’ll not be dictated to as Parliament so the legal team will act on that matter.”

The inquiry reconvenes on Thursday to finalise a draft report.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)