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Muthambi faces Parliament over Motsoeneng

Faith Muthambi will brief the Communication Portfolio Committee on the Public Protector’s report.

FILE: Faith Muthambi will brief the Communication Portfolio Committee on the Public Protector’s report. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi's decision to ratify South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appointment, will come under scrutiny in Parliament tomorrow.

The controversial decision was taken in spite of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela findings that Motsoeneng lied about passing Matric.

He also gave himself three salary increases in one year.

Motsoeneng's appointment is now the subject of a High Court challenge by the DA.

Muthambi will brief the Communications Portfolio Committee tomorrow on the Public Protector's report into the SABC.

Madonsela probed allegations of maladministration, corporate governance deficiencies, abuse of power and Motsoeneng's appointment.

She recommended the SABC board take disciplinary action against Motsoeneng for lying about his qualifications, abuse of power and improper conduct.

Despite this, the board decided to make his appointment as COO permanent.

The minister ratified the decision and explained that the private law firm was also asked to probe the allegation against Motsoeneng and found he had done nothing wrong.

Muthambi said aside from raking in more than R2 billion for the SABC during his tenure as acting chief operating officer (COO), Motsoeneng has also improved staff morale and improved stability.

Muthambi listed 13 achievements by the embattled COO to explain her reasons for permanently appointing him, despite Madonsela damning findings.