SABC inquiry breaks for Christmas


Parliament’s ad hoc committee inquiry into the fitness of the SABC board to serve adjourned for the Christmas break on Thursday. The last witness interviewed was former board member Rachel Kalidass.

The inquiry has stretched over seven full days and heard more than 20 witnesses, who painted a disturbing picture of impunity, employee fear of employer, irregular expenditure, staff terminations and editorial meddling, prevalent from about 2011.

The essence of most of the testimonies found the former chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, at the centre of it all. Other noteworthy items to come out of the inquiry is the involvement of the Guptas and the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and the spectre of state capture.

The inquiry will resume on January 10, with the possibility of one more day of interviews. The last two interviews are to be with former board chairpersons Ben Ngubane and Ellen Tshabalala. These are however dependent on the committee being able to contact them in time.

The committee plans to have a report for the SABC’s response by January 28. They plan to present their findings to the National Assembly on February 15.