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25 Nov 2016
2:20 pm

DA wants to ‘capture’ the SABC – Mngxitama

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The court application by the DA to have Motsoeneng removed from his position is just an 'attack' on black managers, says the BLF leader.

Andile Mngxitama speaks to The Citizen in Rosebank, 14 September 2016. Picture: Neil McCartney

Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama has accused the Democratic Alliance of trying to get rid of SABC group executive of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng from the broadcaster.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Mngxitama commented on the court application against Motsoeneng that was heard on Wednesday and Thursday at the Western Cape High Court.

The DA sought to have Motsoeneng’s reappointment in September declared invalid and the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry into his fitness to hold office, as then COO, set aside.

The party released a number of statements on the matter, saying it believed Motsoeneng should not hold a senior position at the SABC, also describing him as a “threat” to democracy.

“It is very simple what needs to happen – Mr Motsoeneng needs to be removed from the SABC until such time as he has either faced a satisfactory disciplinary hearing and/or the findings and remedial action by PP have been reviewed and set aside by another court.”

It further accused him of pretending to support musicians while he still “owes them R25.7 million in royalty payments”.

“Hlaudi’s 90% local has been revealed to be nothing more than an attempt to gain the public support of SA’s musicians during his legal woes.”

All this, however, according to Mngxitama, is just an attempt by the DA to have him removed “out of the SABC by any any means necessary” so that it can “capture the SABC”.

Mngxitama described Motsoeneng as a fearless leader who had not been captured by the West. He said the party was systematically “attacking progressive black managers”.

“The DA strategy of ethnic cleansing black managers who are progressive is courts and media. Black managers are under siege. The DA hopes it can harass hlaudi to a point where he get tired and give them what they want. DA want to capture the SABC.”

For this reason, the BLF leader said “we” must insist on #HandsoffHlaudi.