Faith Muthambi’s testimony to the parliamentary committee investigating the SABC board has been contradicted by evidence presented from other witnesses, stated Rapport.
Her biggest lie, according to the report, was her denial that she stripped the SABC board of its power to appoint chief executives.
To do this, she had to amend the SABC’s memorandum of incorporation – which only she can do.
Muthambi said she didn’t change the memorandum, though.
She claimed it was done before she became Minister of Communications in 2014 and that she only corrected spelling and grammatical errors.
Proof brought by Rachel Kalidass, a chartered accountant who said she was fired from the SABC board for opposing the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as COO, contradicts Muthambi’s claims.
An email dated 29 November 2014 from the SABC secretary notified all board members that Muthambi had amended the memorandum of incorporation.
The amendments transferred the authority to appoint and discipline executives to the group CEO, COO, and CFO.
The report noted that the amendments were in conflict with the Broadcasting Act, as it requires executives to be accountable to the members of the SABC board.
Muthambi has also argued that parliament was responsible for poor appointments to the SABC board.
Liezl van der Merwe, an IFP member who served with Muthambi on a parliamentary portfolio committee, said Muthambi fought hard to appoint board members who were openly criticised, such as current chair Obert Maguvhe.
The full report is available in the Rapport of 18 December 2016.