The Democratic Alliance says Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi must provide reasons for the suspension of SABC CEO Frans Matlala who has barely been in office for four months.
DA spokesperson on communications Phumzile Van Damme said the suspension was carried out with virtually no reasons provided to Parliament and the public.
“Minister of Communications‚ Faith Muthambi‚ as the appointment authority‚ must come clean on the reasons for this so Parliament may satisfy itself that this suspension was not for irrelevant and undue political considerations as has been her modus operandi since assuming office‚” Van Damme asserted.
She added that the minister’s tenure as Communications Minister has been mired in controversy.
“She has continued to protect the disgraced SABC COO‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng‚ and endorsed his purges of anyone who defied him by acting independently and in the best interests of our nation’s public broadcaster.
“As ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA)‚ Mr Motsoeneng was put on suspension pending the outcome of the disciplinary against him‚” Van Damme stated.
She said that given the timing of Matlala’s suspension‚ one could only wonder if his suspension had anything to do with the pending commencement of the Motsoeneng disciplinary proceedings on December 1.
“We call on Minister Muthambi to urgently provide the reasons for Matlala’s suspension and urgently fix the permanent state of chaos‚ in order to restore much lost credibility to the SABC.”