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Motsoeneng’s new role labelled a ‘power grab after loss of authority’

Hlaudi Motsoeneng told radio staff at a meeting at Auckland Pak this morning that he was now in charge.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The decision to make the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s radio component report directly to group executive responsible for corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been described as "a power grab to make up for his loss of authority" since being removed as Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Motsoeneng told radio staff at a meeting at Auckland Pak this morning that he was now in charge.



The former COO has been widely criticised as not being suitable to hold any position at the broadcaster.

Trade union Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union ( Bemawu)'s Hannes Du Buisson says it does appear this latest decision is an attempt to consolidate power under Motsoeneng.

"Now that he did not his way to be appointed as the COO to control radio and television, he simply now gone and said 'I'm not the COO but I'm going to let these people report to me.'"

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says Motsoeneng must be removed.

"Radio commands by far the biggest audiences and now we're putting back highly valuable resources in the hands of someone who's patently unhinged."

The SABC has not yet commented on Motsoeneng's new role.

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