SABC is like Hlaudi’s ‘home or spaza shop’

The Media Workers Association of SA has described SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng as being a law unto himself at the public broadcaster.

Daniel Malatji‚ national organiser of Mwasa‚ told a meeting which is planning a series of protests against the SABC that Motsoeneng had to be brought down to earth.

“It is like SABC is his home or spaza shop. He is everything…the CEO‚ board‚ minister‚ he is everything. We had a strike certificate last month. He intimidated our members saying whoever goes on strike must not come back to the building. We have over 120 members who have been fired without any disciplinary hearings. We are at CCMA trying to get them reinstated‚” said Malatji.

On Monday‚ ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the party wanted Communications Minister to investigate if Motsoeneng was abusing his power. This follows a string of protests by the public‚ the suspension of SABC journalists and the resignation of the broadcaster’s acting CEO Jimi Matthews.

Mwasa represents about 700 workers at the SABC.

Malatji said Motsoeneng was scheduled to meet the union at noon on Monday but cancelled just 15 minutes beforehand without giving any reason.

“So long as Hlaudi is still in that building‚ whatever you are doing will be fruitless. He even boasts to say that it is only the president that can remove him. He says there is no court in this world that can remove him‚” said Malatji.