Muthambi fails to obey the cabi­net

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi has failed to act on the in­struc­tion of the cabi­net to get the SABC to ur­gently fire Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng.

The cabi­net in­structed Muthambi af­ter the Supreme Court of Ap­peal judg­ment two weeks ago that the SABC board must act and dis­miss the for­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer im­me­di­ately.

The lack of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SCA judg­ment has brought the SABC and Mot­soe­neng into con­flict with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, the cabi­net, the ANC cau­cus in Par­lia­ment and the ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Yes­ter­day Muthambi’s spokesman Mish Mo­lak­eng did not re­spond to ques­tions on the min­is­ter’s lack of ac­tion.

This week a de­fi­ant Mot­soe­neng fired a salvo at the cabi­net say­ing, it did not un­der­stand the law and his con­sti­tu­tional rights.

This left many MPs an­gry and they have de­manded his ur­gent exit from the cor­po­ra­tion.

Muthambi was present at the meet­ing of the SABC board with Par­lia­ment this week, but kept a low pro­file through­out the pro­ceed­ings.

A few months ago she was re­ported to have said Zuma loved Mot­soe­neng and that ev­ery­one needed to sup­port the lat­ter.

Muthambi’s fail­ure to act on the cabi­net’s clear in­struc­tion on the SCA judg­ment that Mot­soe­neng must be axed re­mained un­ex­plained.

Mo­lak­eng did not re­spond to in­quiries, but two weeks ago Muthambi said she hoped the SABC would act in line with the SCA judg­ment.

But to date noth­ing has hap­pened and Mot­soe­neng still has his job de­spite the clam­our for him to go.

The cabi­net had warned Mot­soe­neng and the SABC to re­spect the court judg­ments and stop be­ing a law unto them­selves. siyabonga.mkhwanazi @inl.co.za

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