Hlaudi Motsoeneng could be forced to court again

Trade union Bemawu says Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s latest dual role at the SABC requires urgent intervention.

Group executive for corporate affairs at the SABC Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s decision to place its radio component under the control of group executive for corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been condemned by some with suggestions that the move will soon be challenged in court.

It emerged yesterday, that Motsoeneng has taken on the dual role of executive responsible for radio, telling staff at a meeting that they now report to him.

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Earlier this week, Parliament expressed its lack of faith in the broadcaster's board for re-appointing Motsoeneng to a senior position.

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu)'s Hannes du Buisson says this latest move requires urgent intervention.

"It cannot continue like that. The entire country; the courts, Parliaments and everyone is against the appointment of Mr Motsoeneng. The board is allowing him to continue and the minister is allowing to continue in that way."

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says this move defies logic.

"These are the moves of someone who is so out of touch with reality that they are becoming a danger to themselves or the people that they are around."

The public broadcaster has not responded to a request for comment.