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SABC inquiry: Ellen Tshabalala labelled an ‘unreliable witness’

The ad hoc committee resumed its work in Parliament on Tuesday and is considering 18 responses received to its interim report.

FILE: Former SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The parliamentary committee probing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board’s fitness to hold office says former chairperson Ellen Tshabalala was an unreliable witness.

The ad hoc committee resumed its work in Parliament on Tuesday and is considering 18 responses received to its interim report.

The committee received responses from former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

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Members of Parliament (MPs) say the response received by Tshabalala is superficial.

The details of her response are not being shared publicly but the committee noted she complained that her ideas were not properly considered.

The Democratic Alliances’ Mike Waters says Tshabalala was an unreliable witness because she refused to make a sworn affidavit.

The African National Congress’ Jabu Mahlangu agreed with Waters.

The committee has also noted a letter from Motsoeneng’s lawyer in which he says he was prejudiced by not being called to testify, but MPs dismissed this complaint saying the SABC was always given the opportunity to respond to evidence and didn’t.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)