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Motsoeneng has been accused of massive interference in the functioning of the SABC newsroom for political interests.
Motsoneneng says they only had three transmitters for SABC 1, 2, 3 during a period of analogue. So Multichoice was the only option.
Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan initially rejected the launch of the channel because Treasury had no funds to sustain the channel.
Motsoeneng says he then says he took a decision to negotiate with Multichoice after consulting with the former SABC board chair Ben Ngubane. He says Ngubane gave him the go-ahead.
The commission is now dealing with the Multichoice and SABC 24-hour news channel agreement.
Motsoeneng gives context: "Multichoice and SABC, we have been working together when it comes to sports rights when it comes to other issues when it comes to broadcasting issues. The issue that was a concern, not for me not for the SABC, was why the SABC was not having a 24-hour news channel."
Motsoeneng says he introduced some SABC execs like Mokhobo to the Guptas to form a relationship that would cut costs for the state broadcaster. He makes an example of the SABC using the Guptas's private jet. He says since flying can be costly, using the controversial family's jet could have helped cut costs for commuting.
Justice Zondo goes back to the broadcasting of violent visuals. He is now reading the SABC's editorial policy on violence:
To broadcast programmes or scenes containing images of violence if they are needed in order to portray messages of importance or context.
Motsoeneng says this policy cannot override the Icasa Act.
"The problem within the SABC, our policy is not even aligned with the business of the SABC," Motsoeneng added.
Some of the submission made thus far at the Zondo commission was that Motsoeneng interfered in the newsroom to protect former President Jacob Zuma.
Motsoeneng says he was reiterating that the SABC 'respect' Zuma because he was the president. "I said to them, you must make sure that there is a difference that there is a difference between the president of the country and the president of the ANC," he adds.
- On Monday, former SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane explained to the commission how Motsoeneng managed to rise to top management at the SABC without a matric certificate.
- Last week, SAfm executive producer and member of the so-called SABC 8, Krivani Pillay, told the commission how Motsoeneng's seemingly irrational decisions like muting political analysts were designed to protect former President Jacob Zuma and the ANC from criticism.
- Another SABC 8 member, Foeta Krige, told the commission last week how Motsoeneng ruled the broadcaster by decree and had people who stood in his way removed.