A parliamentary inquiry into the SABC is set to assess how the broadcaster’s board failed to make legally-binding decisions, its financial sustainability, and the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as COO and an executive.
According to a report by the Sunday Times, the parliamentary committee – set to hold the inquiry at the start of November – will submit its recommendations on the SABC to the National Assembly and President Jacob Zuma by the end of November.
The report stated that sources have revealed that an interim board will be appointed, which will:
- Set aside Motsoeneng’s appointment.
- Cancel the SABC’s contract with MultiChoice that gave it a 24-hour SABC news channel and access to SABC archives.
- Cancel Motsoeneng’s 90% local content policy.
- Suspend acting CEO James Aguma.
- Review all senior appointments for the past five years.
- Review the SABC’s implementation of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings.
- Review irregular salary increases.
Motsoeneng’s appointment as COO was the focus on an investigation by Madonsela, and was subsequently set aside multiple times by local courts.
Motsoeneng was then made a “corporate affairs executive”, but not before he had implemented 90% local content quotas on the SABC’s TV channels and radio stations.
The former COO was also instrumental in negotiating the content deal with MultiChoice – which experts said saw the SABC being “ripped off”.
The R570-million, five-year deal with MultiChoice reportedly saw R2 billion in potential revenue lost by the SABC.
The full report is in the Sunday Times of 30 October 2016.