Last two SABC board wit­nesses to face grilling


TWO FOR­MER SABC board chair­per­sons, Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tsha­bal­ala, face a grilling from MPs over the prob­lems at the pub­lic broad­caster dur­ing their ten­ure.

The two will be the last two wit­nesses to ap­pear be­fore the ad hoc com­mit­tee to­day, be­fore it com­piles its re­port on the SABC.

The ad hoc com­mit­tee has un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary to sub­mit its re­port to the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

The hear­ings be­gan last De­cem­ber af­ter the de­ci­sion by Par­lia­ment to con­duct an in­quiry into the state of gov­er­nance at the pub­lic broad­caster.

For­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng has been fin­gered by some of the for­mer board mem­bers and ex­ec­u­tives as the man at the cen­tre of nu­mer­ous cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties at the SABC.

Par­ties in Par­lia­ment agreed that the in­quiry would be able to come up with so­lu­tions to these prob­lems.

Ngubane was chair­per­son of the board for a few years be­fore Tsha­bal­ala took over in 2014.

Ngubane’s board was dis­solved by Par­lia­ment in March 2013 fol­low­ing in­fight­ing.

The same ap­plied to the board that was ini­tially led by Tsha­bal­ala, who quit in De­cem­ber 2015 amid a qual­i­fi­ca­tions scandal.

She was suc­ceeded by Mbu­la­heni Magu­vhe, who also fought with MPs un­til he lost his court bat­tle.

Magu­vhe was the last board mem­ber to leave af­ter other board mem­bers quit.

The com­mit­tee wanted to fin­ish its job in time. The chair­man of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Humphrey Max­eg­wana, said they wanted to ap­point an in­terim board to take over the SABC as soon as pos­si­ble.

The com­mit­tee will meet in the last week of the month to de­cide on the names of peo­ple to serve on the in­terim board.

He said they wanted a list of five names to steer the SABC un­til a per­ma­nent board was ap­pointed.

The ad hoc com­mit­tee has re­ceived more than 500 pages of sub­mis­sions from wit­nesses who ap­peared be­fore it last De­cem­ber.

The com­mit­tee will have to con­sider this ev­i­dence when it com­piles its re­port on the SABC.

But the Na­tional As­sem­bly will take a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the mat­ter.

The ad hoc com­mit­tee has said the de­ci­sion of Par­lia­ment will de­ter­mine what hap­pens to those who are implicated in the re­port.

But the role of the com­mit­tee was to get to the bot­tom of the is­sues at the SABC that led to the state of paral­y­sis.

The two re­main­ing wit­nesses are likely to be ques­tioned on some of the de­ci­sions of the SABC dur­ing their time there.

Ex-boss Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng has been fin­gered

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