Former SABC chair Hlaudi Motsoeneng recounts how far the South African Broadcasting Corporation has gone in achieving success since his administration but pointed out that the state is more engrossed in fighting him instead of providing financial support to fund the broadcaster.
Motsoeneng who was once SABC Chief Operating Officer listed transformation of the public broadcaster as one of the achievements that has made him a target of those opposed to change.
He, however, accused the broadcaster’s technical team of misleading the ruling African National Congress (ANC) by providing unhelpful communication advice to the party.
Transformation is not a slogan but a reality, he said pointing out that the members of the broadcaster implement the concept of transformation “ruthlessly and unapologetically”.
He added that when he took over at the SABC, procurement policy favoured big companies – some of them were overseas-based, and that small companies owned by blacks were sidelined.
Speaking also about the broadcaster’s purse, the former chief said the finance department was run by white people who did not invest in black businesses.
“With the support of three boards that I served under, we did away with policies that did not empower black people
“That is what I call transformation that you can touch and feel,” Motsoeneng said.
However, Motsoeneng said there were still a few products that were being procured from overseas companies but that they were engaging these companies to open factories in South Africa with black citizens as shareholders.
“Instead of fighting Hlaudi and the board, people such as Jackson Mthembu must use their positions in parliament to ensure that the SABC is 100% funded by government.
“Clearly, parliament is fighting a wrong fight. They should be fighting for proper resourcing of the SABC to enable it to fulfill its mandate as the public broadcaster,” Motsoeneng said as he reiterated that the technical team that advises the ANC on communication has misled the party and of having business interests at the public broadcaster.
“Some of them even had the audacity to take us to court demanding payment for services they never rendered. These are the same people who advise the ANC communications committee of which Justice Mthembu is a part”.
Motsoeneng said a new policy was needed that governed the appointment of SABC board members. “Currently, the board members are appointed by the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications.
This has its own limitations because MPs can appoint people they can manipulate to advance their own agenda. An independent committee should recommend names” Motsoeneng concluded saying.