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Motsoeneng maintains controversial policies were good for SA

Hlaudi Motsoeneng says it’s up to SABC interim board to keep or scrap his 90% local content rule but maintains that it's a good policy for SA.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng addresses musicians and members of the media at the Milpark Garden Court on his current disciplinary process. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Former South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the policies he's implemented at the national broadcaster are what South Africans wanted and he maintains that he represents their best interests.

Motsoeneng, who has been suspended pending the conclusion of a fresh disciplinary process, held a lengthy briefing in Auckland Park on Wednesday, where he defended the controversial policies he's implemented, particularly his 90% local content rule.

He was joined by dozens of local musicians who have pledged their support for him.

The former COO says he's not sure if the new SABC interim board will scrap his 90% local content rule but maintains that it's a good policy for South Africa.

“There is nothing wrong that, during my time at the SABC, that we did. Actually, we did what South Africans are looking for.”

He's also defended the policy to stop broadcasting visuals of protesters destroying property and giving the president more airtime.

“So that he can explain all of his decisions and other matters – he is the president of the country. Those others, if they want time, they should wait their turn.”

Motsoeneng says President Jacob Zuma should be respected and allowed to complete his term.

WATCH: Hlaudi Motsoeneng holds a briefing on why he is innocent and adorable

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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