Minister Muthambi’s Deafening Silence Over Sacking SABC Board Raises Dust

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Faith Muthambi, the Communications Minister is yet to fire the remaining South African Broadcasting Corporation board members as was ordered by the African National Congress (ANC).

It’s been twelve days after the ruling ANC issued an order to the communication minister to sack or immediately suspend the rest of the SABC board members.

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The communications committee decided to go ahead with the investigation of the broadcasting corporation after Hlaudi Motsoeneng was reinstated to a top executive post at the broadcaster.

On this, the ANC party spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa called on the minister to deal with the SABC board and see to it that the rift within the board is calmed by first firing or suspending the board’s four remaining members.

“The minister must fire or suspend the four remaining board members who are on a disruptive path of Hurricane Matthew,” Kodwa said at the time.

However, it is shocking how Muthambi appears to remain in total silence on the matter and analysts fear this may raise questions on how she can defy her own party and who she is believed to be accountable to.



Meanwhile, Parliament’s inquiry into the fitness of the SABC board to hold office has been postponed as the parliament said it needed to give the remaining board members SABC’s due notice of the inquiry.

The inquiry which was supposed to start today and set to run over three days is now expected to start next week so the parliament could finalize a list of witnesses and other logistics.

The remaining non-executive members of the SABC board have informed the committee that they’ll not be stepping down even though two board members had earlier this month, rendered the board inquorate.

However, the Congress of the People (Cope) maintained it will not rest until SABC executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng pays back the bonus he allegedly received from the broadcaster calling it illegal.

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The party opened a case of fraud and corruption against Motsoeneng claiming he unlawfully disposed key state assets such as the SABC archives, to MultiChoice without the authorisation of the SABC board.

Cope’s Dennis Bloem said Motsoeneng does not deserve this R11,4 million as a bonus because it was illegal, this whole deal was illegal.

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