CRISIS AT BROADCASTER
MPs want Faith Muthambi to quit for SABC role
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi faces an uncertain future with some members of Parliament’s ad hoc committee looking into the crisis at the SABC seemingly pushing for her removal. Muthambi has come under sharp criticism for her role in the collapse of the board of the public broadcaster. During deliberations on the draft report on the SABC inquiry on Thursday, some MPs suggested that she may have violated the Constitution by, among other things, acting in a way that "improperly" benefited Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the controversial former chief operating officer of the SABC. During hearings in December witnesses alleged she had strong-armed the SABC board into supporting the appointment of Motsoeneng in 2014. Motsoeneng was appointed despite a damning report by the public protector, which found that he had fabricated a matric qualification, purged those he disagreed with and irregularly increased his salary from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year.