MPs convene to deliberate over leaked working document on SABC inquiry

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MPs convene to deliberate over leaked working document on SABC inquiry

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\n \n \n The document was also scathing of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s interference in the SABC board’s work. Photo file.\n \n \n \n \n
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\n Deliberations on the leaked working document of Parliament’s ad hoc committee on the SABC board inquiry start on Thursday.\n

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The document‚ which emerged online on Tuesday night‚ recommended recovering up to R5-billion in “irregular‚ fruitless and wasteful expenditure”.

It was also scathing of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s interference in the board’s work‚ particularly with regards the “hasty” permanent appointment of then acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng “despite the public protector’s damning findings against” him.

“Members received a working document on Monday and were asked to apply their minds and take it to their caucuses‚” committee chairperson Vincent Smith said on Thursday morning.

“So‚ today and tomorrow we will take that working document and use it as a base in preparation for the finalisation of the draft report.”

READ MORE: Leaked draft report calls for tough action against unauthorised spenders 

Smith had a day earlier expressed his “dismay” that the working document had found its way into the public domain”‚ saying it “was prepared as a foundation upon which a constructive meeting of the committee and deliberations will commence”.

“It has no standing as an official document of the committee until deliberations are exhausted‚ possibly by Friday‚” Smith said on Wednesday.

Following the deliberations‚ a draft report will be circulated to affected parties. They will have two weeks – from January 24 until February 9 – to comment.

“We will then as a committee reconvene and finalise a report that we will submit to Parliament for consideration‚ and the deadline for that submission is the 28th of February‚” Smith said on Thursday.

The working document was compiled following the conclusion of the committee’s investigation last Friday.

– TMG Digital

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