Report finds Faith Muthambi abused power at SABC, could lose MP job

Report finds Faith Muthambi abused power at SABC, could lose MP job

- The commission of inquiry into the SABC has found that Faith Muthambi influenced the broadcaster's news coverage

- According to a new report, Muthambi tried to make the SABC cover stories that would advance her own interests

- The DA has since said they will be filing charges against Muthambi

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Former communications minister Faith Muthambi could lose her position as an MP following the report released by the commission of inquiry into the SABC.

The inquiry found that Muthambi had abused her power at the public broadcaster.

Reportedly, Muthambi used her position to influence the way the SABC covered news.

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According to the report, Muthambi was one of three individuals who influenced the way the SABC covered certain stories in order to advance their own personal interests, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

The report describes a culture of fear and intimidation at the broadcaster, with senior executives bullying subordinates into compliance through threats of dismissal.

The ANC has not yet said whether it will be looking into the allegations against Muthambi or instituting disciplinary action. Other political parties, however, have come out gunning for Muthambi.

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DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, for example, says that the report indicates that Muthambi violated the Powers and Privileges Act as well as the Broadcasting Act, according to The Citizen. 

Additionally, Steenhuisen says that Muthambi knowingly misled Parliament in 2016 when she claimed that she had never tried to influence the SABC's news content.

As a result, Steenhuisen stated that the DA would be filing charges against Muthambi and would ask Parliament's ethics committee to investigate her.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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