SABC COO mulling over idea of staff wearing uniforms

Hlaudi Motsoeneng was quoted saying he’s thinking about introducing uniforms to help staff understand unity.

FILE: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, is mulling over whether the public broadcaster's employees should wear uniforms.

He was quoted as saying he is thinking about introducing uniforms to help staff understand unity.

Motsoeneng has been sharply criticised by opposition political parties and pressure groups for a series of controversial editorial decisions that amount to censorship.

Listeners on SABC radio stations have also voiced their annoyance.

Motsoeneng has been accused of banning presenters from reading newspaper headlines on-air, canning certain long-running shows like "The Editors", and attempting to censor negative stories.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Phumzile van Damme says his actions all point to one motive.

"It's another attempt by Hlaudi Motsoeneng to ban any news that is critical of the ANC."

The SABC announced last month that it would stop showing visuals of protesters burning public infrastructure, because it did not want to give publicity to "destructive and regressive" behaviour.

The ANC supports the decision to ban such footage, putting the governing party at odds with allies, Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).