SABC board members appeared before the parliamentary communications portfolio committee earlier this month. From left: Krish Naidoo, Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Vusi Mavuso. Naidoo and Mavuso had just announced their intention to resign when the picture was taken. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams

Parliament – A parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to hold office which was meant to get underway on Wednesday would be postponed to next week, the legislature’s portfolio committee on communications said on Tuesday.

“The inquiry, which was scheduled for tomorrow [Wednesday], is postponed in order to finalise notice of inquiry, names of witnesses and other logistics,” the committee said in a statement.

The exact date for the inquiry, which is to be conducted in terms of section 15A of the Broadcasting Act which empowers MPs to dissolve a board following due inquiry, would only be determined later this week.

At a meeting of the committee two weeks ago, it resolved to ask the board members to resign, failing which an inquiry would be conducted.

The committees’ resolution came after board chairman Obert Maguvhe and acting group chief executive officer James Aguma defended their decision to appoint the ever controversial Hlaudi Motsoeneng to the senior post of chief executive for corporate affairs.

The appointment came after the Supreme Court of Appeal would not entertain an appeal of a high court decision invalidating his appointment as chief operating officer.

Later, two board members broke ranks with Maguvhe and the rest of the board, telling the MPs they would quit and called for the dissolution of the board.

A day after the committee resolution, Maguvhe held a media conference in Johannesburg where he accused MPs of trying to bully him and fellow board members to resign, insisting he won’t be quitting his post.

“In order for me to not keep you in suspense, let the inquiry come. I’m ready for it so it means I’m going nowhere,” a defiant Maghuve said at the time.