Minister: Motsoeneng decision 'rational'

Faith Muthambi says an independent law firm cleared Hlaudi Motsoeneng of wrongdoing.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says an independent law firm has cleared Hlaudi Motsoeneng of wrongdoing.

Muthambi confirmed on Tuesday night that she rubber-stamped the decision of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to make his appointment permanent.

The minister was inundated with questions about Motsoeneng's appointment during her post-Cabinet media briefing earlier today.

She said the decision to ratify his appointment was both rational and lawful.

Muthambi says the SABC had appointed an independent law firm to look into the allegations against Motsoeneng.

The communications minister said the firm cleared Motsoeneng of wrong-doing, paving the way for his appointment.

The decision to appoint Motsoeneng permanently has been taken despite Muthambi agreeing to comply with an adverse finding by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommending his suspension.

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

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

Madonsela has meanwhile reacted to Motsoeneng's permanent appointment with surpris e and is still waiting for a response from the public broadcaster.

Motsoeneng has also come under fire recently for suggesting journalists should be licensed and over claims that he received a wife as a gift from Venda chiefs.