EFF leader, Julius Malema has called on the government to support SABC with R1.5 billion asserting that whites are behind the SABC problems.
According to Malema, it is the responsibility of the government to bail-out the broadcasting corporation. Thus, the government must do as such and disregard the outcries against Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
To him, Whites are SABC problems. And, Motsoeneng is currently disliked because he ‘upset white people’.
“The government must subsidise the SABC. I don’t understand why all the time the SABC is looking for money it becomes news,” Malema stated.
With that, he argued that SABC needs the financial support and more control from the government.
Malema dismissed the editorial problem at SABC saying he won’t ‘march for a white man’.
He said: “The problem with the SABC now is the 90% (local content) and the interference with stations like Radio Sonder Grense. You touch white people, you go into the nerves of everyone else.
We said Hlaudi Motsoeneng is a problem and no one took us seriously. Now Hlaudi has touched white people and all of us must march? I’m not going to march for a white man. I’m not going to be told by a white man how I must deal with Hlaudi,” Malema asserted.
Meanwhile, the DA called on the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Treasury to not extend their R1.5 billion guarantee to the SABC, but instead place it under administration.
“SABC’s finances have deteriorated so badly it will be forced to approach the banks for a loan with a National Treasury guarantee. SABC should not need bailing out – it could be profitable, like many broadcasters in South Africa are, if run properly.
It is clear that under the tenure of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, CFO and Acting CEO James Aguma, and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, the SABC is being run into the ground.
Instead of being managed as a national asset, with careful consideration of the public finances required to prop up the SABC, the public broadcaster is being run as a tool for political patronage for the ANC and its mouthpiece,” DA stated.