True, you know that Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the SABC chief operating officer introduced a 90% local content policy. Here’s what you don’t know – The South African Broadcasting Corporation lost R200 million to Hlaudi’s 90% local quota.
This was revealed yesterday when the SABC interim board was presenting to Parliament’s Communications Portfolio Committee its plan to rebuild SABC.
The interim board told the committee that Motsoeneng as the SABC chief operating officer made decisions that directly caused the broadcasting corporation to lose revenue.
One of the decisions was Hlaudi’s 90% local quota and SABC lost R200 million to it, stated the interim board. Adding that Hlaudi’s decision caused a public disregard of SABC, Mathata Tsedu the deputy chairman of the interim board said:
“The SABC as everyone here knows is facing a multiplicity of crises ranging from funding to liquidity to loss of credibility, audiences and essentially obsolete technology that will not interface with digital terrestrial television.
The financial crisis means the SABC is unable to meet its contractual commitments.”
Meanwhile, the Congress of the People (COPE) rebuked Mr Hlaudi for his abuse of SABC. The party said it is very much disturbed by the ways things are going at the SABC and at how Hlaudi Motsoeneng continues to hold press conferences.
Specifying that Hlaudi is an ordinary worker without any position of authority at the SABC, the party expressed thus:
“COPE is very much interested to know in what capacity Motsoeneng will be addressing the media on very sensitive issues relating to the administration and functioning of the Public Broadcaster.
“In our view, the SABC Interim Board must ban Hlaudi from addressing the media…If the Board is not going to act on this, it will create a situation of free for all at the SABC where any worker can just call a press conference including undermining the authority.”
Afterwards, COPE highlighted that the Court has ruled on Hlaudi’s position at the SABC and said: “The dark cloud that is still hanging over his head regarding the damning Public Protector Report is concrete reason why he must be banned from addressing the media.”
Above all, Congress of the People urged the SABC Interim Board to “take action against this loose cannon. The Board must not allow Hlaudi to undermine its Authority,” COPE added.