Minister Cwele's no-show angers telecommunications portfolio committee MPs

Members of parliament were dismayed by minister Siyabonga Cwele's failure to appear at a meeting that would divulge details of government plans to roll-out digital terrestrial television.

702's Xolani Gwala speaks to EWN reporter, Gaye Davis, regarding the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

During the hearings, it emerged that the real problem facing this industry is the delays in allocating spectrum and getting digital migration from analogue to digital.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

The chair [Mamoloko Kubayi] told the MPs in the committee that the reason she had been given in a letter by Minister Cwele was that broadband is going to feature in the State of the Nation Address by the President.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

She said to the MPs that this was undermining the work of the committee, that the committee has a consitutional mandate to conduct oversight over the department.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

The committee also scheduled three meetings with the department and none of them were attended.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

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