The DA wants the Minister of Communications, Ayanda, Dlodlo, to reveal to Parliament and to the public how much the SABC has applied for in bailout money.

The SABC interim board revealed in May that the public broadcaster had officially applied for a bailout, after recording an operating loss of R1 billion last year.

The board will be appearing in Parliament tomorrow to discuss the bailout behind closed doors, but the DA wants this to be made public for consultations

“The Communications Ministry has stated that the decision on the funding proposal submitted by the SABC will be announced after 4th August 2017, only after National Treasury has considered its proposal,” said Phumzile Van Damme, DA Shadow Minister of Communications.

“It cannot be that a bailout, likely in the billions, may be awarded to the SABC without prior consultation with Parliament, and indeed the public. We strongly caution Minister Dlodlo against sullying what has been great performance thus far by attempting to sneak past Parliament and the public a multi-billion rand bailout. This matter cannot be decided in secret,” she added.

Van Damme will be part of the meeting when Dlodlo engages Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications tomorrow.