COMMUNICATIONS Minister Faith Muthambi interfered in the deliberations of the SABC board and in the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the corporation‘s COO soon after entering the cabinet, the parliamentary inquiry into the public broadcaster has heard.According to former board members who gave evidence yesterday, Muthambi surprised everyone present by arriving unannounced at board meetings late at night.Late-night meetings and frequent secret meetings were the order of the day, it was said. Muthambi is said to have arrived at the SABC‘s Auckland Park offices at 11pm one night while board members were discussing Motsoeneng‘s appointment as COO. This was after the release of the public protector‘s highly critical report on the SABC.There were also instances, the former board members claimed, of then board chairman Ellen Tshabalala chiding then CEO Lulama Makhobo in the presence of junior employees.Ronnie Lubisi, a former board member who also sat on the corporation‘s audit committe...

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