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SABC launches scathing attack on ad hoc committee

The public broadcaster has accused MPs investigating its board fitness to hold office of being biased.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) launched a scathing attack on Parliament's ad hoc committee investigating the now defunct board of the public broadcaster.

The broadcaster's accused Members of Parliament of bias.

Responding to the committee's interim report, the public broadcaster's acting chief executive James Aguma says the grouping was neither objective nor fair.

In a 140-page document, Aguma refutes most of the evidence given by employees, past and present.

He says the inquiry’s approach has been accusatorial rather than inquisitorial.

The committee initially set aside the SABC's response until it could determine who had authored the unsigned report.

Aguma later confirmed via email that it was him.

MPs say they are concerned about the tone of the SABC’s response.

The SABC has also blamed Parliament's communications committee for not recommending new board members.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)