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Board member describes Motsoeneng's unbridled power at the SABC

13 December 2016 8:07 AM

Naidoo resigned from the board earlier this year after questioning Motsoeneng's appointment despite a court ruling.

The plot thickens at the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) after the Western Cape High Court ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not occupy any position at the public broadcaster.

A court had ruled his previous appointment as Chief Operations Officer (COO) as invalid, he was then removed from that position and appointed as Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.

702's Africa Melane (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to former SABC board member, Krish Naidoo.

Naidoo resigned earlier this year in disagreement with Motsoeneg's re-appointment.

It's unfortunate that the SABC did not take the advice I gave them in September when the appointment was made.

Krish Naidoo, former SABC board member

On Monday, suspended SABC journalists (dubbed SABC 8) revealed to members of parliament the long history of questionable editorial decisions and political interference under Motsoeneng's leadership.

He said the board members supported Motsoeneng and gave him unbridled freedom do act in contravention of the law.

It remains to be seen whether he will report for duty at the public broadcaster today.

Some of us were keen on ensuring good corporate governance while others had another agenda. The majority of the board supported him for the last three years that I had been there.

Krish Naidoo, former SABC board member

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13 December 2016 8:07 AM