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Muthambi distances herself from SABC

Communications minister Faith Muthambi

Communications minister Faith Muthambi

The ministry of communications has washed its hands of the SABC’s internal problems in what has been described as a move to distance itself from chaos at the public broadcaster.

In a statement on Monday, communications minister Faith Muthambi said her office had decided not to pursue an interventionist stance ahead of parliament’s portfolio committee meeting to discuss ongoing woes at the SABC. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

The SABC has come under fire for a controversial editorial policy that has involved not broadcasting visuals of violent protests. Moreover, the broadcaster last month also moved to dismiss journalists who opposed this policy.

“Our view is that these are in fact operational issues which need to be resolved by the board as the accounting authority for the corporation,” said Muthambi in the statement.

“Failure to observe this key constitutional and policy provision would, in fact, render the ministry as interfering with the duties of the board and management of the public broadcaster. This is something we have not done in the past, and that we do not wish to do in the future,” she added.

DA shadow minister for communications Phumzile Van Damme said that the Muthambi was trying to distance herself from the problems at the SABC.

“She [Muthambi ] has been directly involved in some of the incidents that have taken place. She is trying to remove herself from the chaos taking place at the public broadcaster,” Van Damme said.

On Tuesday, Muthambi, the SABC board, controversial chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng and communications regulator Icasa are expected to appear before the portfolio committee to address issues facing the public broadcaster.

Among issues to be discussed are Icasa’s order to withdraw a decision preventing the broadcast of violent protests and financial issues facing the broadcaster.

“She [Muthambi] is trying to defend herself before the committee meeting. She has openly defended Hlaudi Motsoeneng prior to the elections and supported the decisions he has taken. I hope she shows up to answer for herself,” Van Damme said.

Muthambi’s spokesman, Mishack Molakeng, said the minister would be present at the portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday.



  1. I personally believe its time that Faith Muthambi distanced herself from planet earth.
    But what would I know, I’m just a taxpayer holding a valid TV licence?

  2. twee gat jakkals! So when it suits her, she wants to have a say in the SABC but when it comes to crunch time, she washes her hands? But then again she is just a lap dog for Zuma, same as cloudy!

  3. I use to pay, but have now stopped paying for the past 2 years. They can take it and shove it where the sun dont shine, same as my e-tolls!

  4. I take it you mean a TV licence payment.
    Trouble is Chris, how do you prevent that 14% of every one Rand you spend ending up in the treasury and thus also helping to pay for Faith Muthambi to take business class trips to Red China so that she can come back home with plans to shut down the internet?
    I would give my next month’s pension payment to be on the wall during one of her China meetings…WOW, between Faith’s ANC edumacation English and the Chinese interpreter’s version of what she was trying to say it must have made Fawlty Towers look like a documentary on quantum physics!

  5. I don’t think that she realises that she has contradicted herself and her own behaviour in that statement.

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