Cope: Muthambi must apologise for appointing Motsoeneng then resign

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 30, 2015

The Congress of the People (Cope) has lashed out at embattled Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, after it was reported she would be appealing the Western Cape High Court’s ruling against controversial South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Last week, Judge Dennis Davis ruled that Motsoeneng’s appointment had been unlawful and irrational after he was found to have lied about academic qualifications, following an investigation last year by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In April, the court placed Motsoeneng on suspension pending the outcome of an investigation brought the Democratic Alliance (DA), in relation to Madonsela’s findings. His application for leave to appeal was then rejected by the Supreme Court of Appeal last month, with the public broadcaster also instructed to take disciplinary action against him.

Speaking in a statement, Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said Muthambi owes the country an apology for appointing Motsoeneng in the first place, before labelling her decision to appeal Davis’ ruling as “futile”.

“A Minister of State should act in the interest of the people and should therefore appoint persons who are fit. Muthambi blithely ignored the findings of the Public Protector against Hlaudi Motsoeneng when she appointed him as COO with indecent haste and without exercising her mind one tiny bit,” Bloem said.

“Anyone with a finding against him or her should remain altogether out of contention. She had no basis in law for appointing Motsoeneng”.

Bloem also stated that the party would examine the type of action needed against Muthambi, adding that she must hand in her resignation for being an “embarrassment to our constitutional state”.