Muthambi's office retracts statement on Manyi

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Johannesburg – The communications ministry on Thursday retracted its earlier statement in which it said it distanced itself from comments by former government spin doctor Mzwanele “Jimmy” Manyi.

It was issued without Minister Faith Muthambi’s authorisation, spokesperson Mish Molakeng said.

No further explanation was given.

Earlier this week, Manyi tweeted that SABC executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng was on the “right side” of the Employment Equity Act regarding his qualifications. SABC governance issues were board matters and had nothing to do with Motsoeneng, he tweeted.

It had been previously reported that Manyi was a special advisor to Muthambi.

“The ministry wishes to state that Mr Manyi is no longer an advisor to the minister of communications and therefore does not speak on behalf of the ministry,” the original statement read.

Manyi is currently president of the Progressive Professionals Forum and of the Decolonisation Forum. He was head of the Government Communication and Information System between 2011 and 2012.

The ministry said in its original statement that it played no role in the appointment of the SABC’s managers.

“The ministry of communications is invited by the board to participate in the appointment of the group chief executive officer, the chief financial officer and the chief operating officer as per the SABC memorandum of incorporation.”

Motsoeneng’s appointment, first as COO, and more recently as group executive for corporate affairs, sparked national controversy.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in a report released in 2014 that he lied about having passed matric.

On September 19, the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected Motsoeneng’s bid to appeal against a November 2015 Western Cape High Court ruling declaring his appointment as COO irrational and setting it aside.

Despite this, the SABC appointed him to the corporate affairs post.


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