The Sunday Times reported that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said that President Jacob Zuma loves SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng so much, that they have to support him.
According to the newspaper Muthambi told this to former SABC board member Hope Zinde, who has been removed from the board.
Muthambi’s discussion with Zinde is contained in a letter by a board member to parliament’s portfolio committee on communication. Parliament is asked to urgently intervene to save the struggling SABC.
Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as COO by communications Minister Faith Muthambi in July 2014 came as a shock to many people.
This appointment was also a slap in the face for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who found that Motsoeneng was not fit for the job.
Madonsela’s report found that Motsoeneng had purged senior staff and misrepresented his qualifications to the SABC.
The SABC and Department of Communications are defending the decision to appoint Motsoeneng, while the DA launched legal action to have the appointment of Motsoeneng set aside.