Tales of what it's like to work under the iron fist of Hlaudi Motsoeneng

SABC journalists gave, what is described as horrifying accounts of how they were ill treated by the group executive of corporate affairs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The journalists were testifying at the parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the SABC board to hold office. The board currently has only one member left after other members tended their resignations.

EWN Parliamentary reporter, Gaye Davis, says journalists spoke of how ethics have been subverted in the SABC news room and there was political interference within the public broadcaster.

All the journalist painted a horrific portrait of what is like to work under Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the man who has all the power at the SABC ruling from the 27th floor.

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary reporter

Journalists also told the inquiry how they feared for their lives after being intimidated for standing against Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

It's just an extraordinary saga of intimidation and harassment...

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary reporter

The Western Cape High Court on Monday ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and must be removed from his position as group executive of corporate affairs.

Judge Owen Rogers ruled that Motsoeneng's new appointment was unlawful and irrational.

Sumitra Naydoo (standing in for Stephen Grootes) also spoke Thinus Ferreira, TV analyst and critic, who says the public broadcaster is the bedrock of any country's media.

When things are not going well in the public broadcaster it negatively affects all other media that citizens depends on, says Ferreira.

Listen to Gaye Davis explain what journalists went through under the dictatorship of Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Thinus Ferreira discussing the events unfolding in Parliament:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Tales of what it's like to work under the iron fist of Hlaudi Motsoeneng


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