Communications minister misled Parliament over SABC bailout, says DA

The Democratic Alliance's (DA's) Phumzile Van Damme has accused Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams of deliberately withholding information from Parliament regarding a bailout for the SABC.

It's emerged Finance Minister Tito Mboweni wrote to the communications minister last month informing her he would not approve a much-needed guarantee to the public broadcaster.

The letter from Tito Mboweni to Stella Ndabeni Abrahams was written on the 25th June, Stella then appeared in Parliament on the 3rd July.

Phumzile Van Damme, Shadow Communications Minister - DA

I think that it critical information that you must provide to the body that holds you accountable, which is Parliament.

Phumzile Van Damme, Shadow Communications Minister - DA

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Speaking to Clement Manyatela on Monday, SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu wouldn't be drawn on the reasons for the finance minister's decision.

I cannot speak to those reasons.

Vuyo Mthembu, Spokesperson - SABC

We believe our turnaround strategy has worked for the organisation thus far.

Vuyo Mthembu, Spokesperson - SABC

I'm not in a position to state whether Day Zero is as imminent as tomorrow or next week.

Vuyo Mthembu, Spokesperson - SABC

Listen to the full interview below:


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