Parliamentary Committee on Communications agrees to full scale SABC inquiry

Regulation & Policy

The Democratic Alliance in Parliament has released a statement sating members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, has agreed with the DA that there should be an inquiry into the "full-scale rot at the SABC as necessary and urgent."

EWN senior parliamentary reporter Gaye David speaks to 702's Xolani Gwala about these developments.

Committee chair Humphrey Maxegwana told Davis a tentative meeting had been scheduled for 23 August, next Tuesday, to which the minister, the SABC board, Icasa have all been invited.

The DA's point about this is that you can have a one day meeting, and try and get some answers, but what they were pushing for was a full inquiry by the committee.

Davis says in the past ANC members within the committee and never paid much mind the to DA request about an SABC inquiry prior to elections, but now seem to be paying heed. It has agreed to an inquiry into SABC.

She says now it is up to what is known as the Chair of Chairs Cedric Frolick, to attend to the request by the Communications Portfolio Committee.

The issues around firing and reinstating of employees who flouted editorial policy, the issues around the flouting of court order to not ban certain protest visuals and other issues are likely to be on the agenda.

It seems it will look at various issues that have arisen at the SABC.