Motsoeneng: External forces are trying to destabilise the SABC

Hlaudi Motsoeneng said that the SABC would deal with those trying to destroy the broadcaster.

FILE: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said that there were external forces that were trying to destabilise the public broadcaster and that they were using people within the corporation to run their agenda.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday recommended that the SABC to withdraw its decision to ban the airing of violent protest footage.

At an SABC press conference after the Icasa ruling, Motsoeneng said that the corporation would not back down from its editorial policy.

He said the corporation would not allow what it called "outside forces" to dictate what happened within the organisation.

"Those who want to destabilise this organisation, won't succeed while some of us are here."

Motsoeneng said that those who were trying to destroy the public broadcaster from within, would be dealt with accordingly.

"We are going to deal, especially with internal people within the organisation, [with them]. We are calling it Operation Cleanup."

The COO said that those who were employed by the SABC, must be loyal to the organisation and abide by its rules.

Meanwhile, Icasa said that it believed the courts would side with its verdict, which it described as a "well-considered judgment".

The organisation said that it considered the country's Constitution, the Broadcasting Act and the SABC's own license agreement in reaching its decision.

Icasa's Rubben Mohlaloga said: "Our decision is binding for all parties involved in this complain and it is only the court of law that can set it aside."