Ministry welcomes Motsoeneng wife probe

Traditional leaders in Limpopo last week reportedly offered the SABC boss a wife as a gift.

The SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The women's ministry on Thursday welcomed an investigation into claims that South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng was given a wife as a gift.

Traditional leaders in Limpopo last week presented Motsoeneng with 10 candidates, including a 10-year -old child, so he could choose a traditional wife.

The Commission of Gender Equality confirmed it's investigating a complaint.

The ministry condemned cultural practices that abused the rights of women under the guise of tradition and culture.

The department's Kenosi Machepa said, "We are disturbed and these kinds of practices are disgusting."

Machepa said it's a serious insult to South Africa's rich heritage to claim that treating women as gifts is part of anyone's tradition.

"We don't support it because the rights of others are infringed on."

Venda chiefs also reportedly offered Motsoeneng a cow and calf during his visit to Thohoyandou in Limpopo.

The group dismissed that a child was offered as a wife, saying this undermines their culture.