All set for draft­ing of SABC in­terim re­port

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

FOR­MER SABC chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng will know to­day if the ad hoc com­mit­tee into the SABC will call him to give ev­i­dence.

The com­mit­tee is meet­ing to­day to draft an in­terim re­port and dis­cuss a pro­posal that Mot­soe­neng be hauled be­fore the com­mit­tee.

This fol­lowed a litany of al­le­ga­tions made against him by for­mer SABC board mem­bers and ex­ec­u­tives.

Chair­per­son of the ad hoc com­mit­tee Vin­cent Smith said it was not a fore­gone con­clu­sion that Mot­soe­neng would be given an op­por­tu­nity to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee.

The re­quest for Mot­soe­neng to come to Par­lia­ment was made by the UDM af­ter is chief whip Nqaba Kwankwa said the for­mer COO needed to state his side of the story.

But Smith warned that he did not want to open up the process af­ter the last two wit­nesses tes­ti­fied.

For­mer SABC board chair­per­sons Ben Ngubane and Ellen Zandile Tsha­bal­ala gave ev­i­dence last week. Both de­fended Mot­soe­neng’s ap­point­ment.

He was fin­gered by some for­mer board mem­bers as be­ing cen­tral in the Mul­tiChoice deal, where the SABC was paid R550mil­lion.

The draft re­port, which has come to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion, says the deal needed to be an­nulled to­gether with other deals.

Smith said it was up to the com­mit­tee to de­cide what to do with the re­port. The re­port will be dis­cussed and a de­ci­sion taken on some of the rec­om­men­da­tions.

Smith said the is­sue of Mot­soe­neng would be dis­cussed as it was raised by Kwankwa. How­ever, this was in spite of the ad hoc com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to close the process. “In terms of the re­quest for him to tes­tify, there must be strong jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. There was a com­mit­tee de­ci­sion taken last Thurs­day that we are clos­ing the process. But the com­mit­tee will dis­cuss it,” he said.

It was not only Mot­soe­neng who wanted to give ev­i­dence, as other peo­ple im­pli­cated in the hear­ings have also asked to state their ver­sion of events.

Smith warned that it would not be easy to al­low Mot­soe­neng to tes­tify.

“Re­mem­ber our man­date is about the fit­ness of the board to hold of­fice.”

He said those im­pli­cated in the re­port would have to wait un­til next Tues­day, when the com­mit­tee re­leases an in­terim re­port. They would be given an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to the al­le­ga­tions made against them.

The com­mit­tee has un­til the end of next month to table a fi­nal re­port in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Un­cer­tain if Mot­soe­neng will give ev­i­dence

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