ANC wants to get rid of Faith Muthambi: report

An ongoing fight between Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and her bosses in the ANC has been brought to the attention of President Jacob Zuma, with ruling party officials questioning why Zuma did not fire Muthambi following a recommendation to do so by a deployment committee.

According to a report in the City Press, discussions at the ANC’s recent national general council saw communications subcommittee head Jackson Mthembu publicly criticize Muthambi for not consulting with the ANC about digital migration policy decisions.

South Africa committed to an international deadline of June 2015 for its digital terrestrial television switch, which the country did not meet  partly due to Muthambi’s stance over encrypted set-top boxes.

The report states that Muthambi’s job hangs in the balance, not only due to her statements around digital migration, but her close relationship with SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng faces a disciplinary hearing at the broadcaster, following a Supreme Court ruling that he be suspended from his position following an investigation into his suitability to hold office by the Public Protector.

The full report is available in the City Press – 10 October 2015 edition.

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