Motsoeneng, his protectors to blame for erosion at SABC, says DA

Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme says Hlaudi Motsoeneng is to blame for SABC’s problems.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and those who try to protect him are to blame for the erosion of the SABC.

Acting CEO Jimi Matthews has cited the "corrosive atmosphere" at the public broadcaster as a reason for his decision to quit.

His resignation follows a series of controversial editorial decisions aimed at censoring the broadcaster.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) Phumzile van Damme says Motsoeneng is to blame for SABC's problems.

"It is also under Hlaudi Motsoeneng's tenure that the SABC has ramped up a programme of censorship at the public broadcaster."

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi agrees, but he has also criticised Matthews for not taking a stand when he had the chance.

"On all the occasions we've met with the leadership of the SABC, Jimi Matthews has always been at the centre of defending this nonsensical institution."

ANC MP and Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications Humphrey Maxegwana says he respects Matthews' decision to resign.

He wasn't willing to speculate on the issues that led to him quitting.