Ex-SABC chairs to appear on Friday


Former chairpersons of the SABC, Ellen Tshabala and Ben Ngubane are to appear before the Parliamentary inquiry into the public broadcaster’s board’s fitness to serve.

Ellen Tshabala tendered her resignation as chairperson of the SABC in December 2014, after it came to light that she had lied to Parliament about her qualifications.

The board constituted under Ben Ngubane was dissolved by Parliament in March 2013, in the wake of large scale resignations from board members. Some accused Ngubane of taking decisions without the board’s input or consent. Ngubane resigned shortly thereafter.

Chairperson of Parliament’s ad hoc committee investigating the current SABC board told City Press that the inquiry would not resume on Tuesday as scheduled, but on Friday. This was to give Ngubane’s lawyers time to finalize their preparations.

The inquiry will resume with Tshabalala and Ngubane’s testimonies, which will be followed by a draft report to be submitted to the SABC three executive members – the group chief executive officer, the chief financial officer and the chief operating officer – for comment.

Smith issued a reminder that the committee was tasked to investigate the board’s compliance with the Public Protector’s report and human resources policies, and not to remove anyone from the office.

He continued, saying “Many things have revealed themselves and we will have to comment on them and make recommendations that the House will have to consider.”