Three major controversial deals the SABC entered into hang in the balance as members of Parliament’s ad hoc committee looking into the issues at the public broadcaster prepare to table their final report in the National Assembly next week. Members of the ad hoc committee on Thursday continued to deliberate on the report and observations emanating from various witness testimony and written submissions. The committee is set to adopt its final report, including recommendations, on Friday. What is clear so far is that MPs across the political spectrum want the SABC deals with Multichoice, ANN7 — the Gupta-owned TV station — and Vision View probed further and possibly invalidated. The controversial R533m deal with Multichoice, which was signed in 2013, gave the private broadcaster access to the SABC’s entire archive. Under the deal, the SABC agreed to supply two new channels to Multichoice: a 24-hour news channel and an entertainment channel called SABC Encore. A condition of the deal wa...

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