The SABC’s new head of corporate affairs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, plans to launch a Xitsonga soapie within three months.
The Sunday Independent reported that Motsoeneng made the announcement during a meeting with traditional leaders in Limpopo.
According to the report, traditional leaders from Mozambique and Mpumalanga complained that certain ethnic groups have been marginalised.
This follows Motsoeneng instituting 90% local content quotas for the SABC’s TV channels and radio stations.
Hlaudi under fire
Motsoeneng has been under fire for a long time, following adverse court rulings about his appointment at the SABC.
Despite these rulings, and even a report from the Public Protector which said Motsoeneng should be suspended, he has survived at the broadcaster.
The Sunday Times reported that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will be asked by parliament why she authorised regulations which gave her “sweeping powers” at the SABC.
The report stated that Muthambi was able to “purge the broadcaster” of anyone who opposed Motsoeneng, using these powers.
The full reports are available in the Sunday Times and Sunday Independent of 30 October 2016.