Muthambi tackles Motsoeneng's 'wife'

The minister says she doesn't see anything wrong with people embracing their culture.

FILE: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi takes the oath as she is sworn in as minister on 26 May 2014. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says she doesn't see anything wrong with people embracing their culture.

The minister was responding to questions about embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng who was reportedly given a wife, a cow and a calf as gifts from a cultural lobby group in Venda.

Motsoeneng met with the traditional leaders two weeks ago to discuss their dissatisfaction with the way Venda healers were represented by the national broadcaster.

He was allegedly presented with several bare-breasted women to choose from.

But in recent days, the elders of the Mudzi wa Vhurereli ha Vhavenda have denied that Motosoeneng was given a wife.

Muthambi says she's satisfied that recent developments have clarified the matter.

"It was a form of portraying their culture that I believe needs to be respected."

Meanwhile, Motsoeneng is waiting to hear from his employers regarding Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on his appointment and it's unclear if he will remain in his position at the SABC.

Madonsela revealed damning findings following a probe into maladministration at the corporation.

She said Motsoeneng's actions cost the SABC R29 million after it had to settle several cases brought by the people Motsoeneng had fired.

Madonsela's investigation also showed that Motsoeneng received three appraisals which increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million a year.

She also found Motsoeneng's appointment was irregular, stating that he committed fraud by lying about his matric qualification.