ANC calls on minister to investigate SABC chief

The ANC says Hlaudi Motsoeneng must not be allowed to make serious decisions all by himself.

SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has called on Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to act swiftly to investigate whether SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng is abusing his power.

The public broadcaster's editorial independence has been in the spotlight for the last few weeks, following a number of new policy announcements, including the decision not to broadcast the destruction of State property.

There have been a series of controversies at the SABC, including the suspension of three senior staff members, while three others are facing an internal disciplinary hearing for questioning what has been widely seen as pure censorship.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa said that Motsoeneng should not be allowed to make serious decisions all by himself.

"It would appear from a number of staff, including the former staff, that a certain individual called Hlaudi who has so much powers to amend and change the editorial independence of the SABC, we must be worried about it."

However, just days after SABC acting CEO Jimi Mathews resigned, Kodwa accused him of being part of a clique which is trying to undermine the public broadcaster's editorial mandate.

The ANC's spokesperson has denied that he has now made a U-turn on the party's stance on the broadcaster's problems.