Calls for Muthambi to 'quickly remove Motsoeneng’

Media Monitoring Africa says citizens should be concerned after Hlaudi Motsoeneng took another top position.

FILE: Department of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Media Monitoring Africa has called on Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to act quickly and remove Hlaudi Motsoeneng from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to save the broadcaster from further harm.

It emerged today that Motsoeneng, who was controversially appointed as group executive responsible for corporate affairs, would also be responsible for radio.

The previous executive responsible for that component Lesley Ntloko resigned last week, a year before his contract was to expire.

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says every South African should be gravely concerned.

"What this does call for is swift and immediate action from the Minister. It is not something we like but unfortunately the way the Broadcasting Act stands, the Minister is the one who has the power to remove Mr Motsoeneng and along with the ANC, we would join them in their call to ensure he's immediately removed from the SABC."

It's understood that Ntloko resisted Motsoeneng's influence over the group, which led to him falling out of favour with the rest of management.

There are already hints of a shake-up, with Motsoeneng telling radio staff that he doesn't understand why some shows have more than one presenter.

The SABC has not yet responded to questions.