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FF Plus asks that Motsoeneng be held personally responsible for losses at SABC due to his decisions

Losses that the SABC suffered due to maladministration and wrong decisions of its former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng should be collected from Motsoeneng personally, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on communications, says.

Adv. Alberts, who was talking in the parliamentary debate on the Consideration of the final report of the Ad hoc committee on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board Inquiry into the fitness of the SABC Board, praised the committee and said the investigation was done thoroughly and the extensively revealed the broadcaster’s problems.

He said the maladministration and abuse of power of senior SABC management members clearly emerged, as well as the inadequate oversight role of the corporation’s board members.

“The FF Plus would like to single out the actions of Motsoeneng and his ally, Faith Muthambi, in particular for criticism. They circumvented and manipulated the law to gain control over the SABC for their own interests.

“There are certain aspects of the committee report which deserve special mention:

The SABC board chairperson’s active undermining of the committee with his refusal to appear before the committee and provide information is shocking and his attempts to prevent the investigation through a court application is indicative of his disrespect for Parliament. The question should be asked how he had been appointed as chairperson in the first place;

Financial mismanagement was of such a nature that the FF Plus will be taking steps to ensure that the responsible persons give account. The companies commission will be asked to investigate Motsoeneng’ s decision to increase the local content of TV programmes before purchased programmes with foreign content had been aired. The foreign programmes would have been purchased with American dollars, which means that huge losses were probably incurred when these programmes were not used. The commission will be asked to hold Motsoeneng personally liable for this in terms of the Companies Act;

The minister’s circumventing of the Broadcasting Act and her illegal actions to interfere in the business of the SABC in attempts to protect certain people is not reconcilable with the role of the minister who has to respect the law and the Constitution.

“Given the mess at the SABC, one can only imagine what it is like at other public enterprises. The leaked Denton’s report indicates that things are worse at Eskom. What once again is confirmed by these events is that the government is not capable to centrally manage the economy, and that it has to keep its hands off the private sector,” Adv. Alberts, said.

He said the FF Plus recommends that the following steps are taken:

An Ad hoc committee is appointed to investigate the serious findings in the Denton’s report and should also resume its investigations into Eskom;

The SABC management must get rid of all personnel who were not appointed on merit; and

Minister Muthambi must be fired.


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