Madonsela, Muthambi tackle SABC appointment

Johannesburg - A way to address the alleged irregular appointment of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng was agreed upon on Wednesday, the public protector and communications minister said.

"They acknowledged the fact that the matter under investigation is also under judicial scrutiny in the Western Cape Division of the high court," they said in a joint statement.

"In conclusion, the public protector and the minister committed their respective offices to work in a spirit of co-operative governance in line with the provisions of chapter three of the Constitution."

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi met in Pretoria on Wednesday.

This was after Madonsela had subpoenaed Muthambi to appear before her in connection with her investigation into Motsoeneng's appointment.

The Western Cape High Court was currently hearing a bid by the DA to have Motsoeneng's appointment as chief operating officer set aside.

In February, Madonsela released a report on Motsoeneng, while he was acting COO. She found his salary increased from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year, that he had purged senior staff, and misrepresented his matric qualifications to the SABC. Madonsela recommended that a new COO be appointed at the SABC within 90 days.

In July, Muthambi announced Motsoeneng's permanent appointment. She said he was cleared of all wrongdoing by a legal firm before the decision was made.

The DA then launched its high court bid.

In the joint statement on Wednesday, Madonsela and Muthambi said the meeting was "cordial, fruitful and informative".

"Both the minister and the public protector agreed on a way forward in addressing the matter as well as other issues of mutual concern," they said.

Adrian Woon 2014-08-20 07:05:11 PM
Whatever the outcome, lets hope the judicial process is allowed to take its course.
Lawrence Robert Atkinson 2014-08-20 07:09:50 PM
South Africa, Ms Madonsela is the greatest person in public office in our country. Respect
Truth.speak 2014-08-20 07:15:08 PM
Faith has blinked. She has realised she has a problem. Not only has she been subpoenaed, but she is also going to get a hiding in the High Court. Well done Thuli.
Mr T. 2014-08-20 07:35:10 PM
She seems to be anti government, when will she targets daily corruptions in the private sector???
Terrence Schwartz 2014-08-20 07:49:18 PM
How can right minded people have any faith in this Government - cover - up after cover - up. Leonardb1 - you are dead right!!
Modisane Edwin Motaung 2014-08-20 07:50:42 PM
I am not voting for any party now I am waiting for the day Thuli Madonsela stands for President
Ramagoma Tshianeo 2014-08-20 07:51:23 PM
how dare. From R1,5m to 2,4m by same year just look at the figure. No wander u dnt hav matric, dats how unquilified people operate. They want to be rich by 1 day .there is no such kind of inreament per anum
Liz Buitendag 2014-08-20 07:56:49 PM
Goverment is wasting our tax money again and again...
Painted Canvas 2014-08-20 08:01:45 PM
Looks to me like the Public Protector has lost all credibility. Every decision she has made has been questioned and ignored and no consequences. Another victory for Corrupt 1 JZ and his comrades lying , cheating and stealing.
Adam Brown 2014-08-20 09:15:31 PM
Thuli for president!