Maguvhe, who was set down to testify at 4pm on Thursday afternoon, failed to appear before the ad hoc committee conducting the inquiry, leading to committee chairman Vincent Smith telling MPs they had two options – continue with the inquiry in the absence of the board chairman, or issue a summons.
Following revelations by former board members and an ex-group chief executive officer that due process and laws were often not adhered to at SABC board level when decisions were taken, MPs said it was crucial that Maguvhe answer to these allegations. In the end MPs unanimously supported a move to issue him with a summons to account to Parliament.
"My view is that he's accountable, together with his contingent, to the Parliament of South Africa, to the people of this country, through the body of elected persons, in this case the National Assembly," said African National Congress (ANC) MP Jabu Mahlangu.
"There is no way we can allow anyone to defy Parliament. My recommendation is that a summons be issued."