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29 Nov 2016
8:29 am

Maguvhe’s interdict application to stop inquiry into SABC begins


Maguvhe has filed an urgent interdict in the high court in Cape Town to stop the inquiry in its tracks.

Former SABC board member Mbulaheni Maguvhe with Communications minister Faith Muthambi during the SABC board's parliament meeting on October 05, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. During the meeting two SABC board members Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso resigned stating incompetency and erosion in the broadcaster's governance. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Lulama Zenzile)

An application to interdict a Parliament inquiry into the embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) by the lone SABC board member, chairperson Professor Mbulaheni (Obert) Maguvhe, is expected to start in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Parliament’s ad hoc committee conducting an inquiry into the SABC is going ahead with its meeting on Tuesday, committee chairman Vincent Smith said.

This despite an interdict filed on Monday by the lone board member of the public broadcaster, Maguvhe, who has refused to resign despite all of his board colleagues doing so over the past few weeks.

Maguvhe, who is the board chairman, has filed an urgent interdict in the high court in Cape Town to stop the inquiry in its tracks.

Smith said Tuesday’s meeting will only discuss logistics. The calling of witnesses which was meant to start after lunchtime has however been cancelled for now, along with Wednesday and Friday’s proceedings.

Smith said that the meeting, expected to start at 9am, will bring the rest of the members of the committee up to date on what has been done.

He said the action inquiry was scheduled to start at 2pm, but was put on hold pending the outcome of the court application.

“…hopefully this will be disposed of before Monday and if that’s the case, we will start on Monday and try and make up for lost time.”

Smith said Maguvhe was the lone applicants and has cited National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, all members of the ad hoc committee, and the secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana, as respondents.

“The fact that I received notification at 10 o’clock last [Sunday] night on a matter initiated on Saturday is just a bit strange. They were aware of the ad hoc committee from at least the 3rd of November. They were served with notifications on the 17th of November.”

Parliament will oppose the application, which will be heard in the high court on Friday afternoon, Smith said.