Why so quiet, Faith Muthambi?

The communications minister has yet to respond to a call for her deal with the SABC board.

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - There's still no response from Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to the African National Congress' (ANC) call for her to immediately fire or suspend the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board, after it allowed Hlaudi Motsoeneng to be reappointed as the organisation's group executive for corporate affairs.

Last week, the ANC said it wanted Muthambi to act as it believed the board is now acting illegally.

The board's remaining members have said they will not resign, despite Parliament's communications committee telling them to go or face an inquiry.

On Thursday night, the ANC said that Muthambi must take urgent action against the board and immediately fire, or suspend the remaining board members.

However, there has been silence on the issue from the Communications Ministry.

Muthambi sat silently while Motsoeneng claimed that he "works miracles wherever he goes".

She has defied ANC decisions before by insisting on going ahead with the rollout of unencrypted digital terrestrial television, while the ANC called for encrypted signals to be used. This led to a public spat between her and Luthuli House.