SHOCKWAVE Part 6: Davis: “I stand by this accusation”

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 21, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis, has said that he party stands by its comments that Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, is unlawfully interfering with the board of the SABC.

Responding to a statement released by the Department of Communications, in which he is accused of violating his "oath of office”, Davis said that he has seen the letter send by Muthambi to a select group of the national broadcaster’s board members, adding that section 15A of the Broadcasting Act states that the recommendation or removal of a broad member can only be approved by Parliament and not the minister.

“This is precisely why Parliament dealt with the allegations against former SABC Board Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. When asked about the Tshabalala matter at the time, Minister Muthambi correctly replied that it was “in Parliament’s hands”, Davis said.

“So, if Minister Muthambi has evidence of misconduct by SABC Board Members, she must forward it to the parliamentary Portfolio Committee so that we can conduct an official inquiry as we did with the Tshabalala matter.”

He also accused Muthambi of lying in the statement about the presence of an investigation into the origin of the leaks, saying that she should speak to SABC Spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, after an article by themediaonline.co.za quotes him as saying, “We have instituted an investigation to find the culprits and deal with them accordingly”.

 

CAPTION: DA Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis. IMAGE sourced from twitter account

 

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