SABC interim board overturns decision to challenge Madonsela’s report

Khanyisile Kweyama says the public broadcaster will no longer be challenging the Public Protector’s damning report on the SABC in court.

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PARLIAMENT - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama says the public broadcaster will no longer be challenging the Public Protector’s damning report on the public broadcaster in court.

Kweyama says the interim board has overturned the decision by the previous board to take the report on review.

Kweyama also says the charge sheet for former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing is being drawn up.

Kweyama has been briefing Parliament’s Communications Committee on progress in implementing the recommendations of the inquiry into the public broadcaster.

Kweyama says preparations for Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing are well underway, with former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report forming the basis for the charges.

Kweyama has told MPs that the interim board found on its arrival that a chairman and prosecutor for Motsoeneng’s disciplinary had already been appointed.

“We have decided that we would like to review and as a board make our own recommendations.”

Kweyama says the SABC will be the focus of two forensic audits, one internal and one by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

The SIU will probe all irregular, wasteful and fruitless spending between 2012 and 2017 as well as some questionable contracts.

Meanwhile, a request for funding for the SABC has been drawn up, which Kweyama says will be sent to Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo for approval.

Kweyama has told MPs: “You’d have to be an ostrich not to see that the SABC is in dire straits.”

She also says staff morale is low, with frequent reports of intimidation.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)