Communications Minister Faith Muthambi File photo: Siyabulela Duda

Parliament – The chairwoman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, Joyce Moloi-Moropa, on Monday declined to say whether she has resigned amid reports that she was stepping down in frustration with Minister Faith Muthambi.

“I really am not in a position to discuss that,” Moloi-Moropa said.

Media reports have said Moloi-Moropa wrote a letter to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe asking to be relieved of her duties as chairwoman after more than a year of uphill battles, first with former SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala, then with Muthambi.

Moloi-Moropa earned praise from opposition parties for her non-partisan handling of the controversy with Tshabalala who was eventually forced to step down for lying about her qualifications, and for standing up to Muthambi over the subsequent axing of board members who failed to align themselves with SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

However, she appeared to lose the support of fellow ANC committee members after Muthambi rejected a parliamentary legal opinion that made plain the unseating of those board members was irregular.

Muthambi’s own tenure appears to be in question at the moment amid a public spat with members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee over her decision not to opt for encryption in South Africa’s much-delayed digital migration process.

ANA

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