Malema slams Motsoeneng comments

Julius Malema says to issue reporters with licences is an attempt to control what they say.

Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says any attempt to force journalists to carry licences to be able to report would simply be an attempt to control what they say.

On Thursday, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said he believes reporters should be licenced so they could lose the right to work if they didn't report properly.

But Malema says he is quite happy with how journalists are operating in South Africa at the moment.

"Any other thing would be an attempt to censor and silence the media and that is against the spirit of our Constitution and that action would never been supported by the EFF."

University of Johannesburg Professor Jane Duncan says Motsoeneng is just wrong.

"I think his comments are laughable if they weren't so serious, particularly coming from an official of the SABC."

The Public Protector has said Motsoeneng was not properly appointed to his post, but the SABC board has not said why it hasn't complied with her ruling.