SABC executives including the beleaguered Group Executive of Corporate Affairs Hlaudi Motšoeneng, acting CEO James Aguma and the only board member Professor Mbulaheni Maghuve staged a dramatic walk out of Parliament’s AD Hoc committee in parliament set up to look into the fitness of the board to hold office.
The Committee chaired by ANC Member of Parliament Vincent Smith, continued calling with ICASA, Auditor General and the Public Protector presenting their reports. The Auditor general said the SABC’s internal control systems are weak; the Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkwebana saying that she feels the SABC defied all her remedial actions.
The SABC was NOT in the committee meeting to hear the representations.
Why did the SABC walk out?
In a marathon press conference, SABC executives with lawyers by their side explained their walk out [below is a summary]
- The walk out was to protect the Chairperson of the board, Mbulaheni Maghuve from abuse by members of the Ad Hoc Committee on #SABCinquiry
- Hlaudi Motšoeneng says members of the Ad Hoc Committee “are conflicted. They are not FIT to hold an inquiry”
- The SABC and Maguvhe believe that the Ad Hoc Committee is bias and has already decided the chairperson must resign
- Maghuvhe felt bullied, belittled and disrespectedby the Ad Hoc Committee
- Maguvhe is appealing a high court ruling that dismissed his application to interdict the inquiry from going ahead saying. The matter was sub judice
- Maguvhe who is visually impaired, required witness reports, that of the Auditor-General, Public Protector and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa translated to braille
- Motšoeneng says, if the #SABC released some documents to the Ad Hoc committee then investors will withdraw and the public broadcaster “will collapse”. The SABC wants an assurance from the committee that information will be protected
The office of the ANC Chief whip Jackson Mthembu in parliament is unimpressed with the walk out releasing. In a statement the ANC said the walk out was a stalling tactic by the the ANC
Don’t forget, Mthembu is suing Motšoeneng R 1 million for defamation. He has also said several times that the public broadcaster is in crisis