SHOCKWAVE Part 2: Muthambi rejects DA claims of SABC interference

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 14, 2015

Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, has denied allegations that she is interfering with the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), after the Democratic Alliance (DA) announced that it had lodged a complaint with the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications to investigate the minister’s conduct.

In a statement on the party’s website yesterday, Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis, said that “sources” within the national broadcaster had revealed that the minister has been sending out letters to certain members, requesting reason as to why they should not be suspended.

“Such bullyboy tactics are fast becoming the hallmark of Minister Muthambi’s tenure in the Communications Portfolio,” Davis remarked, citing the controversial appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SABC Chief Operations Officer (COO) to be a possible reason.

Davis added that Muthambi’s position does not allow her to intervene with the board, and that the final decision is made by the President at the recommendation of the Portfolio Committee.

Responding to Davis’ claims, Muthambi’s spokesman, Ayanda Holo, told Independent Online that the minister was not considering suspending anyone and that “she is working to stabilise the board and the management at the SABC”.

“The minister treats her communication of entities under her political oversight, or absence of such communication, strictly private and confidential, save to say that the minister would not ordinarily write a letter to call upon directors of the SABC to give reasons why they should not be suspended since she does not have powers to suspend them,” he is quoted as saying.

 

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READ MORESHOCKWAVE PART 1: MINISTER HAS NO RIGHT TO IMPOSE SUSPENSIONS - DA