SABC boss: Regulation of journalists is nothing to be afraid of

Motsoeneng told MPs that Parliament, the judiciary and even the DA are all regulated.

FILE. SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng said the regulation of journalists is nothing to be afraid of.

Motsoeneng called for the move during a meeting of Parliament's communications portfolio committee on Tuesday.

Responding to a question from Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Gavin Davis, Motsoeneng told MPs that Parliament, the judiciary and even the DA are all regulated.

"Even your DA, you are regulated yourself. So what is the reason? Why can't we regulate journalists? Please honourable members, support that one."

On Monday, Motsoeneng told a televised debate on the state of the media that journalism lecturers were poisoning their students' minds by misleading them about South Africa.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi told Eyewitness News after the meeting she preferred not to express an opinion as she had not been following the debate.

But she stressed the need for the media to help build patriotism and promote nation building.

"The media also has a responsibility to build patriotism and build nation building. I think that's the main objective of the media. Once we have such balance, not media serving party politics, I'll be very happy."