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Fire Muthambi, DA tells ANC

Phumzile van Damme

Phumzile van Damme

The Democratic Alliance has called on the ANC to remove Faith Muthambi as minister of communications following a heated exchange between her and the party’s communications subcommittee chairman, Jackson Mthembu, over set-top box encryption for digital television.

DA national spokesman Phumzile van Damme said on Wednesday that the ANC appeared to be more angered by Muthambi contradicting the party publicly than about her “failures as a minister”.

“If the ANC is serious about holding Muthambi to account, and steering the department of communications and the SABC to calm waters, it will put pressure on President Zuma to fire Muthambi,” Van Damme said in a statement.

“It is not enough to call Muthambi out for publicly defying the ANC, she must be held to account for her failures,” she added. “It’s time for President Zuma to tell minister Muthambi: ‘You’re fired.'”

Van Damme said that on Muthambi’s watch, Hlaudi Motsoeneng had been appointed as permanent chief operating officer of the SABC in defiance of public protector Thuli Madonsela and South Africa had missed the deadline for digital migration.

She also accused the minister of, among other things, failing to implement remedial action ordered by the public protector and supreme court of appeal to suspend Motsoeneng and institute disciplinary action against him.  — (c) 2015 NewsCentral Media


  1. No, close the DoC, the department of Gov propaganda completely. There never, ever was a need to have two ministries at all.
    And scrap the gov sponsored and controlled program of local production of DTT STBs completely, close USAASA,GCIS, MDDA, NEMISA, and privatise SABC and Sentech.

    After Telkom, Broadband Infraco, SAPO also have been auctioned off, the DTPS can also be moved to the waste bin.
    Communications can just be dealt with by a directorate in another ministry, like DTI and a truly independent ICASA.
    I am all for a lean, clean and mean Government.

  2. The ANC has never held anyone in cabinet to account for poor delivery and removed them. How can they, there would be no-one left?

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