Former SABC chief operation Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng has raised his voice against numerous South African citizens who lay accusing fingers on President Jacob Zuma for the country’s ills saying they threw away all the president’s good deeds.
The SABC former boss who is still on the hot seat over controversial issues happening in the broadcaster, said Zuma has been roasted for so many ill-deeds in the country, including the current fees must fall protest, but that the fact still remained that a larger number still benefit from Zuma’s good deeds.
Hlaudi said when it comes to education, President Jacob Zuma has produced engineers and doctors, but people are not talking about those and other good stories.
Speaking also during a panel discussion on the “state capture” issue held on Tuesday, Hlaudi said though he would not stand as the president’s spokesperson, he could still speak about Zuma’s good deeds, especially in funding several students annually.
“They say fees must fall, but there are many people benefiting from him [Zuma], and what I’m saying is that in a human being, there are negatives and positives, but people concentrate more on the negativity,” he said, adding that there were “good white people” who understood transformation.
Explaining further on the disparity in transformation between the black and white race in the country, Hlaudi gave an example using the SABC where transformation tremendously took place, unlike in places where the blacks operate.
Transformation is not about colour, he said, “I always talk about the heart, and if you are a white person with a good heart, we must appreciate that, and if you are a black person, captured by the West, we must not appreciate you
“Some of us are not afraid to call the shots and take decisions that we believe our conscience are telling us to do … I mean after 20 years, you cannot talk about transformation in South Africa, and when you talk about it, you should touch it and feel it, but we as South Africans have been denying our own people while paying millions of rands to international artists while our own have been dying as paupers,” he said.
Hlaudi also admitted to being lobbied by several politicians and business to appoint a certain executive but stood his ground and used his conscience by appointing his own people, who he deemed fit enough to carry out their respective duties.
About the controversial state capture, the former SABC said he was about to be captured but he stood his ground to protect his integrity.
“Actually when someone comes to me and says, appoint this one, I go this way and appoint someone else because I always ask myself why should I appoint this one …
“Maybe lobbying is the same as capturing, and maybe they want me to appoint someone who is already captured, and for me, integrity is important,” he said.
He concluded by saying that President Jacob Zuma, like every other human, has his good and bad sides but people should pay lesser concentration on his bad side and consider all the good he has done for the country.