Inside the murky mind of SABC czar Hlaudi Motsoeneng – who gives SA ‘two-fingered salute’

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Jacob Zuma’s right-hand man at the SABC, has survived court action to have him removed from his position of influence at the public broadcaster. He is back and planning to have lots of parties at licence-holders’ expense, he revealed shamelessly at a media conference. The controversial SABC czar gave TV licence-holders the two-fingered salute as he shared his views on a range of issues, from his “new role” at the broadcaster to his ability to work miracles. Some people have likened Hlaudi Motsoeneng to North Korea’s crazy, cruel leader Kim Jong-un. He, on the other hand, doesn’t particularly care what people think of him because he knows he is a high-value brand, is his message. At the very least, Motsoeneng’s comments this week confirm that the SABC is in scary, and expensive, hands. Protected by Number 1, he is invincible – and knows it. – Jackie Cameron

By Lizeka Tandwa, News24

Johannesburg – SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is back at his old job as group executive of corporate affairs, it was announced during a press conference on Tuesday.

Dressed in a navy jacket and hat to match, an outspoken Motsoeneng took over the press briefing.

Cartoon courtesy of Twitter @brandanrey
Cartoon courtesy of Twitter @brandanrey

Here are some quotes from the former public broadcaster boss:

On his duties in his new position:

“That position [deals] with the issue of provinces and all our radio stations in those provinces. In those provinces we need to make sure we assist in making a production house so that the chocolate cake that I refer to most of the time [caters for all provinces]. All 11 languages are catered for.”

On his supporters:

“Hlaudi will never have stress. I’m a different animal. In South Africa I have more majority. Everywhere I go people support Hlaudi, worse in the rural area because I am a rural boy and I am here to change the mindset of the people believing that if you come from rural, you can’t achieve.”

On Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Davis:

“Let me tell you about Judge Davis, I like him. When I was sitting there I was enjoying myself. The way he was questioning the process of the SABC and the way he was questioning my legal counsel, I realised that he is a good judge.”

On the media and his detractors:

“Don’t be malicious and mislead the public. I have been observing people talking including some people who claim themselves as lawyers. Are these people reading the judgment or do they have motives? The challenge is transforming the media. We must transform the media.”

Speaking in third person:

“Hlaudi Motsoeneng is Hlaudi Motsoeneng and there is only one Hlaudi in South Africa, no one else. When you have this hullabaloo all over you, I was not produced by anyone else. I was not produced by any individual. I was not produced by anyone else.”

On his achievements at the SABC:

“I want to applaud people who recognise this wonderful person called Hlaudi. Because when I came here there was no SABC. People will tell you there was no SABC. When I came here, there was just a disaster.”

On his plans for a happy SABC:

“We are going to have many parties now. Breakfast, dinner, enjoy ourselves that is what I am going to do because when you manage stakeholders, you can’t manage stakeholders without budget.”

On job titles:

“Previously who was talking about the COO of the SABC? You didn’t even know about this position. Today you are going to know about this corporate affairs because it’s going to be fun. I am going to enjoy this position.”

On his ability to perform miracles:

“I believe the SABC should follow the proper process. I am going to apply like any citizen in this country. I believe in myself and I believe that everywhere I am I do miracles and I will do these miracles in the position I am going to apply.”

On his comments at Mandoza’s funeral:

“People were talking about their own issues that Hlaudi hijacked the funeral. Hlaudi did not hijack the funeral. Hlaudi was dealing with issues that are relevant to the artists. Any leader will deal with these issues.”

On Hlaudi, the brand:

“I am also aware that I am selling newspapers. You run with Hlaudi, your newspapers, before 10:00 they are gone because Hlaudi is a brand. You go to social media, Hlaudi is trending, number 1, number 2, number 3. I am making money for you.”

Picture courtesy of Twitter @SundayTimesZA
Picture courtesy of Twitter @SundayTimesZA



SABC’s unlawful appointment of Motsoeneng the ‘last straw’ – ANC

By Thulani Gqirana, News24

Cape Town – Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s “unlawful” appointment as SABC group executive of corporate affairs is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back, the ANC in Parliament said on Wednesday.

The party was gravely concerned about the ongoing situation at the SABC, which had seen it regularly hogging headlines for all the wrong reasons, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu told reporters in Parliament.

Developments at the public broadcaster were causing the country serious embarrassment.

“The shenanigans that have been unfolding at the SABC only serve to distract the public broadcaster from discharging its core public service mandate.

“The appointment of the corporation’s former COO, whose previous appointment was also set aside by the courts, is without a doubt the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.”

The decision to reappoint Motsoeneng in a new position was a violation of court rulings and unlawful. The SABC board, which had been summoned to Parliament in October, had a responsibility to rescind it.

“It is clear that this board is failing spectacularly to exercise its fiduriary obligation to steer the organisation. We will recommend that Parliament institute an inquiry into the fitness of the current board members to lead the public broadcaster.”

Mthembu said Parliament would be failing in its responsibility if it allowed the “deteriorating situation” at the SABC to continue.

He said Supreme Court of Appeal’s judgment last Monday should have put the matter to bed.

“But it looks like it is far from being put to bed,” he said. 

The SCA dismissed Motsoeneng’s bid to appeal a November 2015 Western Cape High Court ruling declaring his appointment as COO irrational and setting it aside.



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