DA lays charges against Muthambi for meddling

By Doug Mattushek - 08 August 2019Views : 733

The Democratic Alliance confirmed they will lay charges against former Communication Minister Faith Muthambi for political meddling on Thursday.

The political party will be heading to the Cape Town Central Police Station on Thursday morning to lay the charges.

"Today, the Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Communication, Phumzile Van Damme MP, will lay criminal charges against former Communication Minister Faith Muthambi following the report into Political Interference at the SABC revealing that she meddled in the broadcaster's editorial decisions," read the statement.

"The DA is of the view that Muthambi violated the Broadcasting Act, which establishes the SABC as an independent institution, when she allegedly insisted that her constituency work for the ANC be covered, among other violations. Moreover, this latest report confirms that she misled Parliament during the SABC Inquiry in 2016, when she explicitly said that she "never" interfered in the editorial decisions of the public broadcaster.

"Given these findings, it is paramount that Muthambi, who is now a Chairperson of a Parliamentary Committee, is investigated to the fullest extent of the law for her apparent violation of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities Act for misleading Parliament during the SABC Inquiry."