Presidency defends Manyi's media post

2012-01-17 22:34

Johannesburg - The presidency on Tuesday defended its appointment of government spokesman Jimmy Manyi to the board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA).

The law allowed for the president to make three of the nine appointments to the MDDA board without Parliament's approval, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

"The law is very clear on how the nine members of the board be appointed," Maharaj said.

The appointments were in line with sections 4(1)(b) and 4(1)(c) of the Media Development and Diversity Agency Act.

"Section 4(1)(b) of the act says six members be appointed by the president on the recommendation of Parliament."

However section 4(1)(c), states that the remaining three members be appointed directly by the president.

Maharaj was responding to criticism of Manyi's appointment by the Democratic Alliance.

Party spokesperson Natasha Michael called Manyi's appointment "ill-considered" and said President Jacob Zuma should limit the damage by revoking it immediately. There was no consultation with Parliament before the appointments were made, she added.

The DA felt Manyi's political influence, his past conduct and his "prejudiced views" made him unfit for the position.

On Monday, Zuma announced Manyi was among a five member team appointed to serve a three-year term. The others were Phenyo Nonqane, Rene Smith, Thato Mahapa and Ingrid Louw.

Zuma's office said the appointment of the five-member team followed recommendations from the National Assembly. Manyi would serve as a representative of the Government Communication and Information System and remain government spokesman.

Manyi said he had "nothing to say".

Michael said the DA would canvas other political parties to support its proposal for Manyi's removal from the board.

The resolution will be tabled when Parliament sits next month.

  • Sedick - 2012-01-18 00:38

    Is Manyi fit for any position? Definitely not one that requires integrity as per Frene Ginwala anyway......and as per the Supreme Court.....Maybe he is fit for an office in C Max?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 07:24

      Or to run CSA?

  • Smell - 2012-01-18 04:36

    What is it with the ANC that divisive and inflammatory candidates often seems to be fronted into positions that interface with the public? Really, is this the best Africa has to offer? I don't think so.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-18 07:20

    In SA it is not the right person for right job but who is my buddy and I know he will support me when needed, dont forget JZ does not apply his mind when required to do so but listens to his advisors.

      Herman - 2012-01-18 07:24

      What mind?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 07:25

      Mind? What mind?

  • Tc - 2012-01-18 07:38

    Manyi is a racist-extreme!

  • Andre - 2012-01-18 08:06

    He can't even speak properly! His attitude is always rude and an embarrassment. Rather hide him away from the spotlight.

  • MurrayDixonTaylor - 2012-01-18 08:11

    Why does the Presidency always find itself defending its appointments? I cannot remember the last time someone praised an election by the Presidency!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-18 08:13

    Clearly these "laws" are worth nothing if the question of a good choice of person for an appointment, is taken into consideration. Manyi comes with a bad track record and questionable record on corruption, thus the country do not need his type in any position of public office.

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-18 08:40

    PITY that the majority of ANC members cannot read nor concentrate on more than a paragraph or two as they continue with their STALINIST FACIST PROJECT. Inside Quadro: End of an Era | Did The Land Reform Process aid Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa? | JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL PROTEST AGAINST THE South African Secrecy Bill

  • thozi - 2012-01-18 09:07

    I can never understand this, why is the President absolutely determined to appoint only controversial people who specialise in bringing his office into total disrepute? Somebody please explain that to me, please!

      Peter - 2012-01-18 10:48

      Agree with you and share your thoughts. I am sorry, I cannot explain this self-destruction appointment.

      NrGx - 2012-01-18 11:39

      Manyi might be controversial in the publics eye, but all the zoooma administration see is him being un-controversial to their administration. His comment proves this..."ive got nothing to say".

      Sedick - 2012-01-18 13:51

      What is there to understand? We generally associate with like minded people, like ourselves. So if we have principles, good manners, a conscience, don't steel, fraud, lie, etc, we associated with our kind. AND VICE VERSA......

  • Max - 2012-01-18 09:08

    Just imagine going through life being this must be a real challenge.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 09:33

      Viva mieliepap! viva!

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