Appeal for Motsoeneng to appear before SABC inquiry shot down

The UDM argued that Motsoeneng should be given a chance to present his side of the story, as much of the inquiry’s hearings centred around him.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

CAPE TOWN – South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) strongman Hlaudi Motsoeneng will not be called to appear before Parliament’s inquiry into the public broadcaster’s board.

The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) Nqabayomzi Kwankwa argued that Motsoeneng should be given a chance to put his side of the story, as much of the testimony during the inquiry’s hearings centred around him.

But Kwankwa got no support from other Members of Parliament (MPs).

They said that the inquiry is not a disciplinary hearing and while the SABC, including Motsoeneng, had the chance to cross-examine all witnesses who've appeared before the inquiry, it did not take up the offer.

The African National Congress (ANC) accused Kwankwa of being opportunistic in making the plea.

Responding, Kwankwa told MPs that it was a UDM position and that he was unfazed by the personal attacks, adding that they could “go hang themselves”.

“We’re not politically naïve. We know what some of the political dynamics are that have caused the ANC to say they don’t want Motsoeneng to come and appear here.”

Fourteen of the 15 MPs on the committee opposed the UDM’s proposal.

Committee chairperson Vincent Smith says Motsoeneng will have the opportunity to respond to the committee’s draft report, like anyone else affected, by 9 February.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)