Minister must explain SABC CEO’s suspension - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 19, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced its submitting of an application to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications, to have embattled Minister Faith Muthambi explain the suspension of South African National Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) CEO Frans Matlala.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said a decision had been taken to place Matlala on leave after four months in office, but declined to provide any further details.

Speaking in reaction, DA Federal Chairperson and Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile van Damme, said Kganyago’s comments that the public broadcaster does not need to clarify Matlala’s suspension, is fundamentally wrong as “the public are the prime funders”.

“Mr Matlala was suspended for allegedly co-operating with Treasury in an investigation into board chairman, Obert Mughave. Minister Faith Muthambi is said to have given the go-ahead for the suspension without allowing Mr Matlala the opportunity to make representations in his defence,” van Damme said.

“Minister Muthambi, as the appointment authority, must come clean on the reasons, as well as these allegations so Parliament may satisfy itself that this suspension was above board”.

The broadcaster is yet to comment on the allegations.