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By Sapa | Aug 07, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 54 ]

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has subpoenaed Communications Minister Faith Muthambi as part of her investigation into the permanent appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SABC COO, her office said on Wednesday.

"The public protector wrote to the minister last month requesting a meeting and the minister responded by saying that as the matter is a subject of an ongoing court process, she was not going to avail herself for a meeting with the public protector, spokeswoman Kgalalelo Masibi said.

"The public protector decided to subpoena the minister because attempts to persuade her to meet have been ignored by the minister."

In February, Madonsela released a report on Motsoeneng, while he was acting chief operations officer.

She found that his salary increased from R1.5 million to R2.4m in one year, that he had purged senior staff, and misrepresented his qualifications-- that he had passed matric - to the SABC.

At the time, Madonsela recommended that a new COO be appointed to the SABC within 90 days.

In early July, Muthambi announced Motsoeneng's appointment, saying the decision was taken following a recommendation by the SABC board. She said he was cleared of all wrongdoing by a legal firm before being appointed permanently.

At the time, the Democratic Alliance launched a high court bid to have the appointment set aside.

Muthambi has filed court papers opposing it.


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Don't let them get away with it Thuli. You are our protector. And to Faith Muthambi shame on you for undermining a woman of good standing in our society, while making mampara moves. This type of behaviour undermines women who have achieved positions in general. Faith listen to our protector and stop doing mampara stuff.

Aug 07, 2014 7:32 | 1 replies


zuma must first listen to the protector any way they dont consider Public protectors recomendations , I feel like investigating zuma close friends is just the waiste of money because nothing will be done , Until when are we going to wait for the response from these culprits , , The only recomendation wich was taken into account was julius malema involvement in corrupt activities after ivestigation by mandonsela He was charged for corruption and Tax evation and Members of the ANC approved and they were happy about mandonsela job up until She investigated zuma and his firends

Aug 07, 2014 8:32 | 0 replies


Is Thuli also bleaching her skin, why her hands in this pic looks darker than her face? No wonder she has DA tendencies, she is trying very hard to be white, pathetic.

Aug 07, 2014 8:27 | 5 replies


Sew - Honestly, is that your argument?

Aug 07, 2014 8:37 | 1 replies


Sin - What's your argument really?

Aug 07, 2014 9:11 | 1 replies


Sew, it's make up you flipping moron. Women apply it on their faces, not hands. You should be standing guard at Zuma's "fire pool" in your overalls and gumboots with your bucket of water ready to scoop water from the "fire pool" in case his Rondavels, chicken and cattle catch fire. Instead you are sitting here flaunting your idiocy

Aug 07, 2014 9:27 | 1 replies


@ Mthimbana T - You can finish a paragraph without including Zuma name. Say something different maybe you will earn my respect.

Aug 07, 2014 9:32 | 1 replies


I don't need to earn respect from Zuma's sheep

Aug 07, 2014 9:34 | 0 replies


Spew You sound like Khulubuse smells

Aug 07, 2014 8:38 | 1 replies


Bonker - You sound confused, how could you compare sound and smell. Unless you have super senses than other people.

Aug 07, 2014 9:10 | 0 replies


99.99% of women have darker hands than their face. We use sun protection on our faces because we don't want to become old and ugly before our time.

Aug 07, 2014 8:51 | 1 replies


@ Momma C - I can understand that if the hands are 80% lighter than the face but darkness difference of 50% is not acceptable buy any standard.

Aug 07, 2014 9:15 | 2 replies


Depends on the skin type. My skin goes very dark when I go anywhere near the sea. I always wear sunscreen (very high screen on my face) and sometimes the difference in colour is quite startling. You compensate with makeup but there is only so much you can do. Just look at your butt and your hands. No matter what skin colour you are, there is a colour difference

Aug 07, 2014 9:23 | 1 replies


@ Momma C - I rest my case, I can see you are defending her because you all have DA dna. Sharp

Aug 07, 2014 9:27 | 1 replies


LOL - don't insult me! I can't like the DA at all. I put it to you that you have no 'case'

Aug 07, 2014 9:48 | 0 replies


Sew! You are one of the greatest morons publishing rubbish in this forum. I wish more people would carry DA DNA, this country would be a better place all together. Even you ar..hole would still have a chance to get somewhere in live.

Aug 07, 2014 1:4 | 0 replies


Sew your name should be Spew because that's what comes out your mouth

Aug 07, 2014 10:35 | 0 replies


That's why you named yourself Sew on this blog, you have nothing but sewerage between your ears.

Aug 12, 2014 10:40 | 0 replies


Mr Mubi Muthambi should just step down...she started her term on a wrong foot already. I think she will serve well as Minister of Ugly and Not So Smart People...there are many of those out there and its time they get noticed.

Aug 07, 2014 8:30 | 1 replies


MPB1 LOL. This one has two wrong feet and very ugly shoes.

Aug 07, 2014 8:37 | 0 replies


This office has turned into a circus...their investigations lead to arrests and no suspensions...actually they lead to promotions....any corrupt politician looking for a promotion must first be investigated by the does wonders for their resumes...

Aug 07, 2014 8:33 | 1 replies


The PP only release a report, after they have investigated. If nobody does something after that, there's nothing the PP can do.

Aug 07, 2014 9:17 | 0 replies


Muthambi is a bully, but like I said the other time I stopped caring long time ago, everything that can go wrong, keeps going wrong, we are slowly going nowhere!

Aug 07, 2014 8:38 | 2 replies


Mulani do not not despair. Think of this time as the Groot Trek of the Righteous or 40 Years in the Desert. We are almost halfway there. Nil Desperandum mfo

Aug 07, 2014 8:41 | 1 replies


My Bra, life is hard out there, I interact with graduates everyday, they are loosing hope evryday, how do we keep them in the right frame of mind with the kind of leadership we have, with the Muthambi kind amongst us!

Aug 07, 2014 9:13 | 0 replies


Actually, we are fast heading to Zumbabwe as another failed African state unless something drastic happens, like Showerhead drops dead

Aug 07, 2014 9:29 | 0 replies


@ Thulu, is that white hair I see under the wig, mama?

Aug 07, 2014 8:39 | 2 replies
Aug 07, 2014 8:40 | 0 replies


Naye nje umam'Madonsela ne wig egoqene ngathi impepho

Aug 07, 2014 9:37 | 0 replies


Waste of effort. The presidency must reverse Muthambi's ministerial appointment, irrespective of what happens to Motsoeneng. Honestly the well connected in my party have become such a burden.

Aug 07, 2014 8:40 | 0 replies


SA the land of unqualified public officials. "Doctor" Pallo Jordan's story should sum it up for us. The ANC is known for preferring Motsoeneng's types. Nothing to investigate, this is how Loot-freely house operates.

Aug 07, 2014 8:58 | 1 replies


Eish, such unfortunate truth.

Aug 12, 2014 10:43 | 0 replies


*sigh* - why does our government ALWAYS have to be forced to do the right thing?

Aug 07, 2014 9:3 | 0 replies


Thuli would be my first choice as president, for SA.

Aug 07, 2014 9:21 | 0 replies


Thuli has been doing the right things but my worry is that her instutition is not respected by the ANC.

Aug 07, 2014 9:23 | 2 replies


Yeah ubatyiwe nyani joe

Aug 07, 2014 9:27 | 0 replies


She's not an ANC lapdog, nantso ingxaki.

Aug 12, 2014 10:44 | 0 replies