A Parliamentary inquiry committee into the fitness of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board has confirmed that former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi are among those to testify before it on November 29.
Madonsela’s inclusion as a testifier into the inquiry was masterminded by the EFF and DA. The opposition parties said they took the decision since Madonsela had authored a report about some of the issues at the broadcaster.
The committee consists of 11 members – six from the ANC‚ two from the DA‚ one from the EFF and two from other parties.
Faith Muthambi And others To Testify
Other testifiers include; the SABC’s company secretary, and senior SABC journalist Sophie Mokoena. The committee released the 30-man witness list on Tuesday, shortly after it met for the first time.
Speaking afterward, the chairperson of the committee, Vincent Smith promised the committee would get to the root of SABC crisis, adding that the committee will gather more information from the SABC group company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys.
SABC crisis welled up after its former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng was sacked. Prior to his dismissal, Madonsela authored a report titled ‘When Governance and Ethics Fail’.
The report dealt with some sensitive and controversial issues at the public broadcaster. Madonsela detailed therein, among other findings that Motsoeneng fabricated his matric qualification‚ dismissed staff members who spoke out against him‚ and sky-rocketed his salary irregularly‚ from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in one year.
Meanwhile, the committee announced that its inquiry would look at the following in the course of its meeting.
- SABC’s ability to discharge its fiduciary duties;
- The financial status and sustainability of the SABC;
- The SABC’s response to the Public Protector’s 2014 report‚ When Governance and Ethics Fail;
- Court judgments by the High Court and rulings by the Independent Communications Authority of SA on the SABC’s decision to ban the broadcast of violent protests;
- The resignations of two SABC board members in October‚ and the implications thereof;
- Adherence to the Broadcasting Charter; and
- The public broadcaster’s overall ability to carry out its duties in terms of the Broadcasting Act.