SABC3 press conference hijacked by Hlaudi Motsoeneng

2016-06-22 13:30

Cape Town –  SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng on Wednesday once again took over and steered a press conference completely off-message that was supposed to be about the new SABC3 schedule and logo.

Slamming staff for sleeping at work, attacking the media, saying he was an actor and saying people won’t know it but white people love him, a ranting Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who didn't use a script, once again veered sharply off message.

Motsoeneng, the SABC's chief operating officer (COO), said: "SABC will do what we believe is right for South Africa. SABC won't be the same. This is a new SABC.

"We have taken a decision. And if I've taken a decision, no turning back. You'll make your own noise. We want to make sure we empower our own people.

"We as SABC we're doing very well. 90% we're doing very well. Reality is, international content isn't doing well for the SABC," said Hlaudi Motsoeneng. "You must watch SABC3. you will see amazing stuff."

He continued: "You don't see youth content on our platform. From 1 November we will have a youth content. We will go to universities and broadcast live in those universities. Not about politics, about the issues that affect young people.

"I was an actor. The changes you see you see is in my blood," said Motsoeneng. "You don't know that I work with white people. And they like me. I work with everyone.

"You who write bad about us, I think about you every time. I perform well when I have forces that don't support me". Talking in the third person, Motsoeneng said: "When this man takes the podium, people clap hands.

"People have been playing here at the SABC. Sleeping here. Playing here and drinking tea." He again said that the SABC will introduce a uniform for workers. "We will have uniform at SABC. But not every day. Why other people have uniform?"

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