Amid backlashes and heavy criticism, embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be smiling home with a “special award” come next month.
As gathered by BuzzSouthAfrica, the controversial SABC top dog would be honoured at the SA Traditional Music Achievement (Satma) Awards for promoting and sustaining 90% local music.
The startling news was also confirmed by The New Age. According to the Gupta family-owned newspaper, “Hlaudi, the man responsible for ushering [sic] 90% local content on the SABC radio stations has been honoured for his contribution to promoting local music.”
Irrespective of being poorly-funded, Satma hosts twelve events annually and as disclosed by the awards’ founder, Dr Dumisani Goba, Satma is a huge contributor to the development and growth of the South African economy, having contributed R250m over 10 years and created over 1 000 jobs annually.
SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s Overbearing Decisions
Since May, traditional South African music has been a smash hit for months after Hlaudi okayed a policy of playing 90% local music on its radio platforms. However, the excitement tied to this cheery news was short-lived, as the COO subsequently banned the reading of newspaper headlines on-air.
This thorny decision was followed by the suspension of SABC workers who objected to the decision. Other allegations against Hlaudi brewed up – which include lavishing a whopping sum of R7.5 million on SABC choir for singing “Hlaudi Motsoeneng reya o leboha” (“Hlaudi Motsoeneng we thank you”).
According to the media outlet, the huge amount was spent over the last two years, and a further R3.7 million is expected to be spent on the lone choir.
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The out-of-favour COO, whose appointment was found “irrational” by high courts and public protector Madonsela, is also accused of awarding himself a huge salary increase.
Maddened by SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s high-handedness, many organisations in the country called for a prompt inquiry into the public broadcaster. But defiant Motsoeneng told Members of Parliament (MPs) that SABC needs no investigation, but rather, there should be an investigation into why so many people are interested in what is happening in the organisation.
“I want to tell honourable members… we as SABC; we’re not apologetic on the transformation of the organisation, we’re not going to stop the noise (sic).”
SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng further maintained that he won’t render account to opposition MPs, because they neither contribute nor give the SABC money.