The Democratic Alliance has called on South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng to be fired from the public broadcaster.
DA’s National Spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said Motsoeneng has to be stripped of his position so that the SABC can honour the constitutional imperatives.
“The DA echoes this sentiment resoundingly and will be calling on SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to be fired at once as we believe the erosion of the SABC can be laid squarely at his feet and those who seek to protect him,” said van Damme.
The DA’s call comes after the SABC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jimmi Matthews on Monday handed in his resignation and said the corrosive atmosphere at the SABC has impacted negatively on his moral judgement.
I have quit the SABC. pic.twitter.com/ZIwa7K5z9c
— jimi matthews (@jimimatthews) June 27, 2016
“For many months I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside,” said Matthews in the letter.
He added he can no longer be part of what is happening at the SABC and described it as “wrong”.
Matthews’ resignation follows after three SABC journalists ‘politically motivated’ suspensions, as it was alleged they reported on anti-censorship protest after they were instructed not to.
Last month Motsoeneng ordered the broadcaster to not broadcast footage of violent protests where property is destroyed.
Matthews’s resignation comes barely five months after he took over from Frans Matlala who was suspended after he was appointed to take charge of the broadcast last year.
Van Damme said it must be remembered that Matlala was baselessly suspended for acting in a manner too independent for Motsoeneng and his protector in the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi.
She added they cannot allow Motsoeneng persist in recklessly controlling the SABC and called on Muthambi to take firm action to protect the state’s assets.