The ANC, DA and SACP have been accused of exerting unnecessary pressure on the SABC and political interference.

Former SABC board chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala made the shocking revelation to the ad hoc committee on the SABC inquiry on the first day of its resumption this year.

Tshabalala had served as board chairperson from 2013 until 2014 until she resigned under controversial circumstances involving her having lied about having a UNISA qualification.

Tshabalala accused members of these parties of wanting to influence key decisions at the SABC.

Interestingly, Dr Ben Ngubane, the chairperson of the SABC before Tshabalala’s term who appeared before the committee before her, insisted that there was no political interference at the public broadcaster.

At first, Tshabalala said Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, had told her to approve the controversial Multichoice encryption agreement, but when asked later on to clarify her statement on political interference, she declined to name any names and changed her statement, saying a representative of the SACP had instructed her on the matter.

Tshabalala and Ngubane are the last witnesses to be called before the committee, however the committee will discuss a suggestion raised earlier on by a member to bring Hlaudi Motsoeneng – who is at the centre of almost all the matters presented during the inquiry – before it.

The committee expects to release its report on its finding later this month.