OUTA has laid treason charges against former Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi.
“When the court finds Faith Muthambi guilty, this should mean a sentence of life imprisonment,” said OUTA.
Leaked emails revealed as part of the ongoing #GuptaLeaks reports give evidence of “disgraceful and illegal behaviour” by Muthambi.
“Muthambi deliberately shared three confidential Cabinet memoranda, through emails with Tony Gupta, Duduzane Zuma, and Sahara’s CEO Ashu Chawla. These people should never have been privy to any ministerial communication and policy discussions,” said OUTA.
The emails sent to Tony Gupta described the statutory provisions which Muthambi said “must be transferred” to her portfolio from the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
The other emails detailed that “Sentech’s signal distribution must rest with the Ministry of Communications”, and that a draft proclamation in the name of President Jacob Zuma should be signed to transfer more powers to Muthambi.
OUTA said emails flowed from Muthambi into the inboxes of Gupta, Chawla, Zuma, and others.
Muthambi’s appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as COO of the SABC was cited as another reason for the charges.
In 2015, the Western Cape High Court found that Muthambi acted irrationally and unlawfully in her appointment of Motsoeneng, due to the Public Protector’s findings against him of abuses of power, fraud, and maladministration.
“Muthambi’s abuse of power led to the SABC’s current financial crisis, plunging it into billions of rand in debt,” said OUTA.