Minister lied to SABC board over COO appointment

2014-07-13 08:52

Johannesburg - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi reportedly lied to the SABC board over the permanent appointment of the public broadcaster’s chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

According to the Sunday Times, Muthambi allegedly ignored the fact that no formal settlement had been reached with the previous chief operating officer (COO), Mvuzo Mbebe.

According to the board’s chairperson Zandile Tshabalala, Muthambi  informed her on Monday night, before a board meeting, that the Mbebe issue had been resolved and that they could proceed with the permanent appointment of a chief operating officer. Muthambi confirmed the appointment on Tuesday.

However, no agreement has been reached with Mbebe, who successfully brought an interdict against the SABC in 2008 preventing the broadcaster from filling the position until his own matter had been settled.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, President Jacob Zuma distanced himself from the issue, saying he had nothing to do with the appointment.

"The president has no role to play in the appointment of SABC management or staff and did not play any role in the said appointment," the presidency said in a statement.

"Reports to the contrary are inaccurate and unfortunate."

A report published in the Mail & Guardian on Friday suggested that Zuma had favoured Motsoeneng for the position.

In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report in which she found Motsoeneng's SABC appointment as acting COO irregular.

Among other things, his salary increased from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year.

She also found he had misrepresented his qualifications - that he passed matric - to the SABC, and recommended that he be replaced.

Last week, political parties called for him to be relieved of his duties after he suggested that journalists should have a licence to practice like in the medical and law professions.

Also last week, Motsoeneng appeared before Parliament to present a strategic plan and budget for the SABC, which received a disclaimer of opinion from the auditor general - the most adverse finding it can make.

Parliament also heard that the SABC was losing advertisers and viewers while under Motsoeneng's leadership.

Madonsela's office on Friday confirmed that it would launch a new investigation into Motsoeneng

  • Dawid Jacobs - 2014-07-13 09:03

    Bunch of evil conspirators these anc skebengas.

      Pete Mears - 2014-07-13 18:33

      what a universal clusterf...

      Rustic - 2014-07-14 00:25

      His Masters Voice - talking via the wrong orifice.

  • John Vermaak - 2014-07-13 09:08

    Don't even report this rubbish. Who would expect anything different from these ministers. They take after the rot of their leader. What a shame SA is. The world is laughing at you.

  • Clive Kihn - 2014-07-13 09:11

    Normal ANC cadre behaviour from another useless female minister. This farcical appointment must be contested in court.

      Check Mate Malan - 2014-07-13 12:00

      @ CliveK,, Any appointment under Zumas rule must be taken with a pinch of salt. He is just surrounding himself with loyalist, as long as they are loyal to him. Immaterial of their qualifications . These loyalist in turn appoint for themselves those that are friends and will be loyal in turn. So what do we end up with???? Circus I am telling you. But this is what the people wanted and voted for ,,, Eish.

  • Mandisa Sbulele Dumako - 2014-07-13 09:14

    I fail to understand the appointment of Hlaudi. This is clearly undermine our Public Protector's integrity. Up to this far Hlaudi has never been cleared on Public Protector's findings, instead we heard people shouting/fighting against Ms Madonsela for doing her work. People will continue committing crime and corruption knowing that there are people who will protect them possibly to drive their agendas. Did he marry his gift any way???

  • Phetogo Morake - 2014-07-13 09:22

    Why am I not surprised. Lying is moral in the ANC government. Controversy will even get U the nation's number 1 seat.

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2014-07-13 09:23

    What was wrong with the first report Public Protecotr? No wonder you budget required is sky high, because you obviously have to do report on report. By the time your second report is out,n he is employed permanently and waiting for millions in a golden handshake. Who is fooling who here?

  • Peter Molesworth - 2014-07-13 09:24

    Clowns! Bumbling along from catastrophe to catastrophe interspersed with occasional failure. The people, all of them, not just the white ones, not just the Black ones, the whole lot are coming to a point where you thieving, lying, bumbling, idiots are going to be juggling a wasps nest.

  • Yandisa Mnqanqeni - 2014-07-13 09:25

    Such salary increase from R1,5m to R2,4m in one year then He must answer investigate Dr Thuli Madonsela please keep digging!!

  • rushdi.toefy - 2014-07-13 09:27

    No1 clearly not it control of things.

      Ilse Broberg - 2014-07-13 17:29

      Number 1 is clearly a number 2!!!!!

      Graham Radburnd - 2014-07-13 20:16

      @Ilse; good one :-)

  • Phutjane Tladi - 2014-07-13 09:28

    I think mr kganyago s qualification must be investigated as well I don't think this 6 that voted motsoeneng have necessary documens for the job.

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2014-07-13 09:30

    Look like N1 is actualy N zero as he does nothing.

      CliveK - 2014-07-13 13:18

      You are right, Nettie. According to today's Sunday Times, Zuma is "distancing himself" from this shambles. A real leader gets involved and accepts accountability; he doesn't run away from problems. Zuma is a spineless leech, who ensures he stays where he is by appointing similarly spineless sycophants. What a loser!

      Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-07-14 14:56

      I prefer Zuma to George W Bush simply because he can read better.

  • jonas.mbedzi - 2014-07-13 09:32

    so muthambi wa zwithu de naa? a puppet with a brainwashed mentality..aarg muthambi ndi mudziya uzwifha hoooi

      Raymond Takalani - 2014-07-13 12:08

      Vha a shonisa havha mufumakadzi

  • rowan.torr.9 - 2014-07-13 09:38

    We need people of integrity.... One can bluff others but when you try bluffing yourself you know then that you are sick.

  • Edward Radingoana - 2014-07-13 09:39

    She learnt from the top in lying.

  • Gerhard Labuschagne - 2014-07-13 09:46

    Seems we cant have 'Faith' in Muthambi..

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-07-13 09:59

    While people like Zuma distance himself, the mess will continue.

  • Hendrick Viljoon - 2014-07-13 09:59

    What a disgrace

  • Antonio Gramsci - 2014-07-13 10:00

    Zuma had "no role to play." WTF Zuma has no right to be uninvolved; no right to be an indecisive, ineffectual 'non-leader'-cum-observer in this matter. The SABC is not some private entity (e.g., some spaza shop). It is massively publicly funded from taxes. "Sorry. Not my fault." Zuma's not allowed to say this. It simply amounts to the worst form of incompetence imaginable. And SA voters just sit back and allow him to get away with this. What absolute spinless and stupid SHEEP South Africans are. This would NEVER happen anywhere else in the world (certainly not the fee and democratic world).

      Lauren MacLeod - 2014-07-13 10:05

      Just when it suits him. He is an ...hole.

      CliveK - 2014-07-13 13:22

      Dead right, Antonio. The Tories will probably lose the next British election due to the sleaze factor, but I'm afraid we haven't matured enough politically to boot out politicians who fail us - as this lot have done time and again.

  • Sakhiwo - 2014-07-13 10:02

    Hlaudi is been used by the ANC and he's been endorsing everything from #LOOT_IT_ALL_HOUSE. Therefore this is just a reward for him nothing else

  • Starlight3 - 2014-07-13 10:04

    No wonder the world is laughing at South Africa!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-07-13 10:30

    It always amazes me how easily these people tell lies. In many countries a minister that lies is sacked. Here they lie and lie and it is accepted. Somewhere something is very wrong, when honesty and integrity isn't demanded from those holding office. It looks like gutter politics to me.

  • Sandra Nederlof - 2014-07-13 10:30

    A minister lied. I'm deeply shocked...*_*

  • Bob Wilbert Nechironga - 2014-07-13 10:32

    Its a shame that the current government is in support of someone to be a team leader or head of the organization regardless of having enough educational qualifications and further more this has been approved by the other part that the same government appointed to investigate any forms of corruption going on and to bring the matters into spotlight.

  • Mbudzeni Shandukani - 2014-07-13 10:45

    Scandalous.few weeks on the job.already marred by controversy & incompetence.Cadre deployment

  • Nobantu Mbude - 2014-07-13 10:48

    Now I know why so many graduates like myself are unemployed. A decision maker with grade R cannot employ a graduate because he or she would know better. Madiba is turning on his grave because he had all the time emphasized the importance of education. I wonder how many are heading parastatals, govt departments and municipalities who have Grade R or no formal qualifications. Cry the beloved country

  • Michel Konings - 2014-07-13 11:05

    What of the oath to serve the public as the best she can do!

  • Lums Zindela - 2014-07-13 11:12

    what a jOke? the president is a jOke, NPA boss is a jOke, NPA itself is a JoKe, the country a ferce, education a disasTer, health service a mess.... The list just goes on and on. Does this not make the country a bAnaNa republic? I think we qualify for such an honour, thanks to zumber and his clowns.

  • Peter William - 2014-07-13 11:27

    Why are so many ministers in the government such liars? I just cannot believe what is happening. All ministers should be forced to sign pledges when the enter goverment that should they lie, falsify documents or steal they will be dimissed instantly with charges. I'm ashamed of you lot.

  • Lawrence Thabede - 2014-07-13 11:35

    Chicken are comming home to roast if you know what I mean.

  • Igsaan Takamine Williams - 2014-07-13 11:41

    He was already investigated. Why launch another expensive investigation? No sense

  • Wardz Theo Toto - 2014-07-13 11:42

    We must not be fooled good people, Hlaudi is not feet for the position despite the fact that he is currently acting. Public Protector's credibility shall not be compromised by clueless and greedy individuals. Communication's minister must understand that SABC is not a political organisation

  • Frank Jordaan - 2014-07-13 11:59

    It is a serious crime to either support aid or belong to a crime syndicate which carries severe sentences.So please stop paying your TV licenses immediately as you are currently subsidizing a bunch of frauds cheats and lying parasites protected by The Godfather and his cronies.

      Alice Tang - 2014-07-13 15:26

      If I were to heed your advice, won't I be black listed ?

  • Carla de Vries - 2014-07-13 12:04

    And the plot thickens. I am eagerly awaiting the next episode of this dramatic comedy.

  • Lucky Tiva - 2014-07-13 12:07

    Messi has one hand on the world cup trophy, and then he'll become known as an undisputed GOAT!

      CliveK - 2014-07-14 21:22


  • To Tyu - 2014-07-13 12:09

    sabc spaza shop

      CliveK - 2014-07-14 21:25

      I am willing to bet that the average spaza shop owner is more competent than the bunch who "run" the SABC.

  • Richard Bartlett - 2014-07-13 12:22

    This man can look you in the eyes and still lie to you. Behind the eyes it is a blank space.

  • Bloody Agent - 2014-07-13 13:00

    Wooow, the government or its minions, lying to the public. Thats "new".

  • Zahir - 2014-07-13 13:17

    Don't askzooma anything he knows nothing about what goes on in the country he is busy enjoying his palace if the country rots away he knows and can do nothing pumpkinhead

  • Potzo Merwe - 2014-07-13 13:42

    frends luking after each other!!! What a shame, corruption turning the country upside down

  • Archie Dempster - 2014-07-13 14:24

    Zuma appointed the communication minister so he is involved in appointing a liar to the position

  • Tumi Tage - 2014-07-13 16:17

    Anything the ANC touches turns into dust, argg!!

  • Maru Sebata - 2014-07-13 17:21

    We cannot hv a government tht want 2 prove tht education is not relevant nor a necessity in 21th century! SABC mst become must become South African Bosepa Corporation! Now were are worshipping bosepa coming from the back hole of political charlatans!

  • Coda - 2014-07-13 17:24

    The SABC has most definitely gone down, we never watch except for the SABC breakfast show with Leanne Manas and Days of our Lives... there is nothing else of interest to watch....we are paying SABC TV Licenses every year without fail and receive nothing in return.

  • Coda - 2014-07-13 17:26

    What a shambles - they just cannot get anything done properly lies are the order of the day and this is just not good enough, we demand better service from our ministers

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-07-13 17:30

    Anc leadership lie.....nooooooo?

  • DylanDylan - 2014-07-13 19:40

    If advertisers pull the plug, the madness will stop.

  • Mike Hahn - 2014-07-13 20:39

    So Zuma has no role to play = showerhead you run the country - wake up and do the correct thing. Dont you have any accountability? Where is your guts? You ANC are all just freeloaders on your followers votes. Show some respect and start uplifting them.

  • Gys de Beer - 2014-07-13 21:18

    SABC has become a channel of self enrichment with tax payer money. I think they don't want it function properly

  • kagrobler - 2014-07-14 00:44

    No wonder our TV license is so High and goes up every year. 2.4million rand? Sh*t I would have lied to about my marks. Not that stupid now is he? Tricking everyone. Lol wake up SA this is Africa we pass our presidents with a grade 4! Now all of sudden you want to believe someone without a background check? ... Excuse excuse it's always someone with their hand in the cookie jar

  • Perold Pieter Kotze - 2014-07-14 08:38

    Yes, Zuma you are not involved.. Hard to believe,BUT you can take him out of there.