SABC choir gulped R7.5 million, and all they’ve been doing is to sing songs in praise of SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
A reply to a DA parliamentary question revealed that SABC spent R7.5 million on its own in-house choir which according to the DA, are singing “Hlaudi Motsoeneng reya o leboha” (“Hlaudi Motsoeneng we thank you”).
The media outlet spent the huge amount on the choir over the last two years, and will spend a further R3.7 million.
As culled from the reply, R3 million was spent on SABC choir in the 2014/15 financial year.
Also, R3.745 million and R 3.780 million has been respectively budgeted for the SABC choir for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years.
With the foregoing, opposition party, DA demands the disbandment of the SABC choir so as to cut unnecessary costs at the broadcasting corporation.
“It makes absolutely no sense for the SABC to have an in-house choir, particularly if it exists to inflate Mr Motsoeneng’s ego. There are plenty of talented choirs in South Africa that can be commissioned by the SABC should the need arise.
The choir is not the only body at the SABC forced to sing Mr Motseoeneng’s praises, SABC stations have been instructed to play on high rotation a song by Mzwakhe Mbuli and other local artists praising Motsoeneng for his 90% local content decision.
The DA will submit parliamentary questions to determine the costs associated with commissioning this song.
As the public broadcaster, the SABC exists to serve the interests of all South Africans, and not as Mr Motsoeneng’s personal piggybank and fiefdom,” DA stated.
Commenting, the Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile van Damme, related that while the Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi claims that the choir no longer sings songs in praise of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the DA uncovered from “good authority that the choir continues to do so, and did so as recently as last month.”