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The last of the non-executive SABC board members – its partially sighted chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe has resigned after major histrionics at a parliamentary hearing into the board’s fitness that included a walk-out and his complaining of disability discrimination. The full-on battle – seemingly for the soul of the rampantly State-serving broadcaster – has exposed not only the operations chief, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as a strutting, manipulative power broker and staff bully, but its entire board as dysfunctional, inefficient political pawns. Now known as “MacGyver Mbulaheni” for trying to stop the enquiry, refusing to hand over documentation and demanding all documents be translated into Braille, the former chairperson begged ignorance when a judge order he pay costs on his failed interdict. He hasn’t exactly impressed with his testimony so far; praising Motsoeneng for “doing a sterling job”, and stammering through questions on why eight journalists were fired for questioning censorship of civil unrest coverage. His response on leaked insider SABC information was that he would have ‘fired everyone and started afresh’. Perhaps that’s exactly what needs to happen at executive level. That will open up a second battle front on who gets appointed, accompanied by the predictable court cases and interdicts that merely increase the SABC flow of already misappropriated taxpayer billions. – Chris Bateman
By Tshidi Madia, News24
Johannesburg – The Presidency has confirmed that SABC board chairperson Dr Mbulaheni Maguvhe has resigned.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago refused to comment on the matter when News24 called him.
“We do not do the firing; it’s the Presidency that will shed more light on that,” said Kganyago.
Maguvhe was the last remaining non-executive board member at the public broadcaster. Last week he appeared before a parliamentary inquiry looking into the board’s fitness to hold office.
Maguvhe struggled to account for a number of controversial developments at the public broadcaster, including the firing of eight journalists who questioned editorial policy changes.
He also attempted to stop the inquiry from going ahead, only to turn around and claim he had no idea that he would have to pay for the cost of the court application. This, in spite of Judge Siraj Desai’s ruling that Maguvhe had to pay for the cost of the failed application.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng is the Board, the Board is Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Mbulaheni Maguvhe is Hlaudi Motsoeneng's puppet. #SABCInquiry
— Themba Sepotokele (@themba_s16) December 12, 2016
Maguvhe, when responding to questions from the inquiry, said people who leaked information from the public broadcaster were not loyal, adding that if it were up to him, he would fire everyone and start afresh.
He previously praised embattled former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for doing a sterling job at the broadcaster.