WHITENOISE Part 3: “Motsoeneng’s threats will not deter us”- DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - DECEMBER 1, 2014

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis, has said that the party will not be put off by threats made from embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, after the publishing of a document last week, revealed that the national broadcaster’s Chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala, had extended Motsoeneng’s powers as acting CEO.

“The DA took the decision to publish the internal SABC communication because it is in the public’s interest to know that, as acting CEO, Motsoeneng now has control over the budget and administration of the SABC,” Davis wrote on the party’s website, after a receiving a letter from Motsoeneng last Thursday, in which he accuses the DA of “illegally soliciting information or documents”.

Davis stated that Motsoeneng’s claims that the publishing of the document “creates doubt to the SABC of the integrity of the DA and its ability to keep confidential information,” “is deeply ironic considering his [Motsoeneng] track record of compromising the operations of the SABC and bringing its name into disrepute.”

“Let us not forget that the Public Protector found that Motsoeneng lied about having a matric when he was appointed to the SABC. He was also found to have purged senior staff, appointed staff unlawfully and irregularly increased the salaries of some staff. This included his own salary, which was increased from R1.5-million to R2.4-million in one year.

“It was Motsoeneng who called for a 70% quota of “happy news” and for journalists to be licensed. It is Motsoeneng who stands accused of offering a former SABC employee a R2-million bribe to testify for him. And it was Motsoeneng who was acting Chief Operations Officer over the period in which the SABC incurred R3.4-billion in irregular expenditure.

“If there is any one person responsible for compromising the operations of the SABC and bringing its name into disrepute, it is Motsoeneng himself,” said Davis.

He also added that Motsoeneng’s letter, addressed to the party’s Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and calling for the immediate “desist from the actions above”, will not stop them in “exposing the culture of fraud, corruption and mismanagement that has escalated at the SABC under Motsoeneng’s watch”.

“Nobody should be afraid of Motsoeneng and his bullyboy tactics. We will continue to work closely with confidential SABC sources who are as concerned about what is happening at the SABC as we are. We all need to work together to save independent public broadcasting in South Africa."

 

Read more on this story here:

Whitenoise Part 1: Muthambi Quiet on Tshabalala Ruling

Whitenoise Part 2: Motsoeneng Appointment “Astonishing” - DA