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Hlaudi Motsoeneng condemns 'agenda to destabilise SABC'

The SABC COO however insists investors are on board & he has the support of viewers & listeners.

FILE: South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng says there's an agenda to try and destabilise the broadcaster, but insists that investors are on board and he has the support of both viewers and listeners.

Yesterday, chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe called an urgent staff meeting and announced that James Aguma has been appointed as acting CEO after Jimi Matthews resigned on Monday.

Three senior reporters also sent a letter to Motsoeneng, speaking out against decisions they say are eroding the integrity of the corporation.

At the same time, three other employees have been suspended for questioning editorial policies.

'THERE IS NO CRISIS'

The SABC has come out strongly against its detractors, insisting there is no crisis.

"When people believe that there is halabaloo because that halabaloo is three people making a noise, [they] don't represent the people of South Africa. The people support the SABC, so sit in your corner and do what you do best, and the SABC will do what it does best."

Motsoeneng says disciplinary action will continue against those who don't adhere to policy.

"We are going to deal with people decisively on disciplinary matters within the organisation."

He says investors have not shied away from the SABC, insisting they need the national broadcaster due to its reach.

FRANS MATLALA's SUSPENSION

Meanwhile, there's still no clarity as to why Frans Matlala was suspended as SABC CEO six months ago.

Matlala was told in November to leave his post but no reasons have ever been given.

On 1 July last year, Matlala took up the post of SABC CEO and appeared to be aware of the history of the position.

Matlala's absence appears to be allowing Motsoeneng to make most of the decisions affecting the broadcaster.

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