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LIVE BLOG: I’m ready to assist the commission, I was treated fairly - Motsoeneng

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is back at the state capture commission of inquiry this morning, where he’s expected to wrap up his testimony after spending days defending his tenure at the public broadcaster.

WATCH: Hlaudi Motsoeneng back in the Zondo Inquiry hot seat



The commission has now concluded for a tea break.

In his closing remarks, Motsoeneng says he’s willing to cooperate with the commission. He says this was the first time he felt that he was ‘treated fairly’ unlike with the SIU and the Office of the Public Protector.

The commission has now concluded with Motsoeneng's testimony. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says he could be called back to the commission at a later stage should there be a request.

Advocate Norman confirms to the commission that the rumour that Maree Swanepoel – who Motsoeneng claims mislead him over his matric status – is alive and not dead as previously claimed. 

Motsoeneng claims the SABC’s foreign editor Sophie Mokoena and its former head of TV news, Nothando Maseko, supported the move to ban visuals of violent protests, however, others didn’t. 

Motsoeneng says showing visuals of violent protests encourages violence in society.

The commission reverts to the SABC’s policy to ban visuals of violent protest action.

 Motsoeneng: “We agreed that those visuals, certain parts of the them we won’t ban them…”

The commission is now nearing the end of Motsoeneng's main affidavit. 

Motsoeneng says former SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo and HR dealt with salary increases not him. 

 “I didn’t appoint those people, prove is there.”

 

 

 Advocate Norman wants to know if the SABC got approval from Treasury on their controversial multipurpose set and studio constructed by Vision View. There a deviation from procurement procedures in 2015 for the contract. 

Motsoeneng says he’s not sure if this was sent to Treasury for approval. 

 

Motsoeneng says he’s very proud of the previously SABC board and management. He claims that when he left the SABC, it had R881 million in its bank account.

Advocate Norman says the SABC’s CEO testified that during Motsoeneng’s time at the broadcaster there was an amount of about R5 billion lost to wasteful and irregular expenditure overall.

Motsoeneng says in response: “Chairperson it is hearsay. They didn’t present evidence…”

Motsoeneng says the Communication Workers Union was happy with his management of labour relations at the SABC during his tenure. He says when he was fired, the union released a statement stating they were happy with his leadership. 

Motsoeneng: “This irregular expenditure, it doesn’t mean that people have chowed money.”

Motsoeneng says the team he worked with at the SABC was a strong team including the then acting CEO Jimmy Matthews. He says they understood the business of the public broadcaster.

Motsoeneng admitted his faults after commission chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo wanted to know where he thought he might have done well and where he didn't do well during his tenure.

Motsoeneng: “Chairperson I'm not an angel, I'm a human being, and I'm not saying everything that I did was right, I'm just a human being.”

Motsoeneng confirms to the Zondo Commission he received a ‘success fee’ of R10 million for securing funding for the SABC. 

“I think they still owe me more than that amount,” he says. He adds he’s taking the SABC to court over the matter and therefore he can’t elaborate further.

 

Motsoeneng says without Multichoice the SABC was no longer able to broadcast sports right e.g rugby was being cast at R6 million per match which was expensive and out of reach for the SABC.

He says he's not taking credit alone but also with the previous board and management.

He says he sourced funding for the SABC’s election coverage during his tenure as COO. He claims the government didn’t contribute anything. It's not clear yet if these were the 2014 general elections. 

Motsoeneng says part of the agreement for DStv to carry the SABC’s news channel was for all advertising revenue to go to the public broadcaster. He says the funding from MultiChoice was going to be over R700 million, which included the inclusion of SABC Encore channel. 

He says they negotiated with MultiChoice for the news channel’s funding after Treasury rejected the SABC’s proposal. Oddly, Motsoeneng says MultiChoice had nothing to benefit from the deal. 

Motsoeneng says part of the negotiates with MultiChoice was sports rights involving Bafana Bafana’s games in the continent.

Motsoeneng is now dealing with the MultiChoice deal. He says he had approached former SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane with regards to the deal.

Motsoeneng says he was concerned about untruthful media stories about him, saying they were affecting his reputation. He says these stories were not only affecting him, but also his children from schools.

The commission will continue from Wednesday’s testimony involving the deal between the SABC and MultiChoice to establish the public broadcaster’s news channel.

Motsoeneng has taken the stand at the commission this morning.