On Monday, President Jacob Zuma welcomed the resignation of SABC Board Chairperson Prof Maguvhe.
Most political parties and communications committee also followed suit, describing it as a major achievement in the public broadcaster.
Nevertheless, the Right2Know Campaign believes that the game is not yet over for the arrogant Professor – who humiliated Members of Parliament severally.
Speaking on Tuesday, R2K said Prof Maguvhe could face criminal charges despite his shocking resignation. A member of the group Micah Reddy said the professor might not be off the hook just yet.
“Looks to me like a last-ditch effort to try and save his skin. It finally became clear to him that not only has he failed his fiducial duties, but he may well be liable to face criminal charges,” he said.
R2K’s view was also shared by the Democratic Alliance (DA), African National Congress (ANC), United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said party welcomed the resignation. He, however, asked the SABC ad-hoc committee to continue with the investigation. He humbly called on SABC former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to honourably step down.
“We welcome Maguvhe’s resignation as a step forward in the restoration of the reputation of the SABC. We hope that Hlaudi follows suit. Hlaudi must resign so we don’t have the extra job of making him leave the SABC,” Ndlozi said.
DA Parliamentary chief whip John Steenhuisen said the professor’s resignation doesn’t clear him of wrongdoing at the public broadcaster.
“It is not the end of the line for Mr. Maghuve – those like him and others who have not been proper stewards and not performed their functions properly, need to be held accountable. Resigning does not absolve him of his … accountability,” Steenhuisen said.
While Maghuve’s appearance before the ad-hoc committee lasted, he struggled to defend several damning allegations against the public broadcaster, including claims of censorship, political interference, and intimidation at the SABC.
He also denied knowing anything about Motsoeneng’s outrageous leap from one top position to another.
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary inquiry into the SABC will reconvene in January.