SHOCKWAVE Part 1: Minister has no right to impose suspensions - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 13, 2015

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis, has stated that Communications Minister, Faith Mathumbi, has no “lawful role in the appointment or removal of board members” after sources within the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), had revealed that certain board members had been receiving letters from the minister, requesting reasoning as why they should not be suspended before this coming Thursday.

Davis said that although it remained unclear as to the reasons for the letter and why only certain board members were receiving them, the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the national broadcaster’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) could be a contributing factor.

“Such bullyboy tactics are fast becoming the hallmark of Minister Muthambi’s tenure in the Communications Portfolio,” Davis said in a statement on the party’s website, citing the minister’s personal recommendation of Motsoeneng as COO, the sending of letters to the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA) calling for its office to be vacated within a month, and threatening to pull the plug on government advertising in newspapers not inline with the ANC, as reasons.

“Every time Minister Muthambi unlawfully interferes in an independent entity, she cements the perception that she was appointed to build a propaganda machine for the Zuma faction of the ANC,” Davis said, adding that he has already written to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications to investigate the minister’s conduct.

 

CAPTION: Communications Minister, Faith Mathumbi