SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT SEEK ANSWER IN PROBE INTO SACKING OF SABC JOURNALISTS

An ad-hoc committee set up by the South African Parliament to probe the situation at the country’s public broadcaster has written to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and the Company Secretary of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC),Teresa Geldenhuys, with various requests to each.

A fourth letter has been sent to the lawyers of the so-called SABC8, the eight SABC journalists who were fired by the public broadcaster. Seven of them were subsequently re-instated after their case was publicised. Some of them have since been complaining about alleged intimidation.

Ad hoc Committee Chairperson Vincent Smith said Wednesday the processes of interviewing all the remaining identified witnesses will be concluded by Monday. Smith said the letter to Muthambi was is to request the memorandum of incorporation of the SABC.

The memorandum was at the centre of debate when the remaining mebers of the board told the Parliamentary Communications Committee that it could still function even if there is insufficient quorum, because of the memorandum.

In the letter to the Police Minister, he is being requested to give advice on the safety of potential witnesses who might feel intimidated to testify during the inquiry.

SABC Company Secretary Theresa Geldenhys has been requested to make available all the necessary documents needed.

Smith said the lawyers of the SABC8 have been informed that they are entitled to legal representation, but the cost will be carried by their clients.

This comes after the lawyers of the SABC8 had written to Parliament to seek clarity on who will bear their costs when they appear before the Ad hoc Committee.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK