Former SABC Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng addressed the media today accusing the broadcaster’s interim board member Krish Naidoo of having sold-out to parliament’s ad hoc committee which recommended Motsoeneng’s dismissal.
Motsoeneng appeared earlier today before a crowd of journalists and supporters from within the entertainment industry to discuss the parliamentary committee and the legacy of his ‘90% local content’ policy.
“The ad hoc committee has caused a lot of chaos”, said Motsoeneng referring to the committee’s report which criticised the former SABC board for having been tyrannically influenced by its COO at the time. “It stated that the whole board was at fault and yet it saw fit to not move against Krish Naidoo who was a member of the same board.”
Motsoeneng claimed that Naidoo had lied under oath to retain his position and that the manoeuvre, along with the committee itself, was politically charged from the beginning.
“Let me tell you, Krish Naidoo is a sell-out”, exclaimed Motsoeneng to the applause and cheering of those present.
The former COO went on to explain that the current state of the SABC would hurt the progress made under his tutelage.
“People are saying they have financial problems with the 90% local content, but let me tell you, that local content is our way of ensuring job creation in South Africa”, he explained. “Both black and white musicians and artists will benefit greatly from it”.
Motsoeneng expressed that artists should be seen as emerging business people and all resources should be made available, not only from the SABC, to make sure their business is accommodated and allowed to grow.
The policy which promotes the broadcasting of 90% local content in the country by the public broadcaster was spear-headed by Motsoeneng and came under fire as it seemed to isolate foreign investment in the country’s arts and entertainment industry.
Yet, the opinion of many artists is that this move should have been implemented sooner.
President of the Musician Association of South Africa (Masa), Tebogo Sithathu expressed this very sentiment in defence of “the people’s COO”.
“Hlaudi is the man who epitomises the necessary transformation and the necessary leadership for this country”.
Others backing Motsoeneng referred to him as “an organic intellectual” and “a rose that grew from the concrete”.