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Draft SABC report: Muthambi, affected parties given 2 weeks to respond

The committee tasked with the inquiry will meet again next month to consider responses from affected parties.

FILE: Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi on 28 July 2016. Picture: GCIS.

PARLIAMENT - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and others implicated in Parliament's inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will have two weeks to respond to its draft report.

The committee tasked with the inquiry will meet again next month to consider responses from affected parties and will then decide on its recommendations before tabling its final report in Parliament by 28 February.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) did not agree with the decision to exclude the recommendations from the draft report and its MPs walked out of the committee.

All parties, except the DA, agreed that those implicated should first have a chance to respond to the findings against them on the basis that evidence before the inquiry was untested.

The DA and African National Congress (ANC) are now accusing each other of putting party loyalties first, in what has been so far been a shining example of multi-party cooperation to deal with the malice infecting the public broadcaster.

The committee will consider responses from Muthambi, former SABC chairperson Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tshabalala as well as others when its reconvene on 14 February to debate its recommendations and finalise its report to Parliament.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)