SA artists back Motsoeneng

Today, artists held a briefing to give their backing to COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - South African artists say current developments at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should not be allowed to erode the positive changes made in the quota for local content on the public broadcaster's stations.

Today, artists held a briefing to voice their support of the SABC's 90 percent local content quota and give their backing to COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

They say despite the resistance Motsoeneng is facing over editorial issues in the SABC newsrooms, he's done a lot for the development of South African artists.

Don Laka of the South African Music Movement says Motsoeneng is the only person who listened to the pleas of desperate artists wanting their work to be broadcast.

"For us, Mr Hlaudi was the only person that would listen to the South African artists."

He says because of this, artists should be cautious of current developments at the SABC which could threaten the positive changes.

"We know that there are other things that are happening but for us this is the man that made it possible for us South African artists."

Artists say their support of Motsoeneng will not be eroded by any movements lobbying against him.