AS IT HAPPENED | Media 'portrays black people as if we are useless' - Motsoeneng on SABC allegations at #StateCaptureInquiry
Advocate Norman and Zondo discuss and decide to adjourn for the day, and pick things up a bit earlier tomorrow morning, to make up for lost time.
Zondo adjourns proceedings. Back at 09:00 tomorrow morning.
Motsoeneng is currently dealing with the background of a proposed deal between MultiChoice and the SABC, for a 24-hour news channel. Motsoeneng says after the SABC board decided that a channel of this nature would be unsustainable, and Treasury turned down the possibility of funding, Motsoeneng says he himself approached MultiChoice to engage with them about the channel.
Motsoeneng says he did so after consulting with former SABC board chair, Ben Ngubane, who told him that they had already failed in securing a deal with MultiChoice, but he should go ahead and try.
"I'm going to fight this battle, chairperson, that they must assist the SABC," Motsoeneng says he told himself, after stakeholders walked out of an earlier meeting.
Motsoeneng says he tried his best to convince them that it was in their best interests to have a channel in partnership with the public broadcaster.
DJC says the legal teams should agree on the deadline as to when Mr Motsoeneng would be able to come back to deal and/or testify on the matters that he hasn't dealt with.#StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) September 11, 2019
Motsoeneng deals with the Multichoice deal.— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) September 11, 2019
He says he wants to deal with Multichoice deal after Kruger has testified.#StateCaptureInquiry
Motsoeneng tells the commission that the so called "SABC8" was charged for talking to the media without his permission, he says what is amazing is that the court has ordered SABC to take them back,he says but in his case he was dismissed for the same reasons.#StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) September 11, 2019
Motsoeneng on former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report titled 'When governance and ethic fail': I don’t understand the findings of the Public Protector, he says.— Jeanette Chabalala (@J_chabalala) September 11, 2019
This commission is important to all of us in SA because some of us have been punished #StateCaptureInquiry
'The media's role is to discredit me', Hlaudi Motsoeneng tells Zondo commission
Despite the Wits Business School denying claims made by embattled former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng that he had lectured at the university, Motsoeneng remains adamant that he was invited on at least three occasions.
During his second day of testimony at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday morning, Motsoeneng told inquiry chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that there was a SABC video clip which showed him lecturing at the university.
"I think the media's role is to discredit me. Yesterday [Tuesday], I spoke about lecturing at Wits - it is true, chairperson. It doesn't mean, when I say I lectured there, I was employed," he said.READ MORE
#StateCaptureInquiry Motsoeneng says the Public Protectors report has been used to tarnish his name which is wrong.— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) September 11, 2019
Motsoeneng says in the said inquiry, Montlenyane Diphoko attributed his departure from the SABC to Mr Phil Molefe and he vehemently denied that he was never involved in this purging or of the six employees named in his charge sheet#StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) September 11, 2019
Motsoeneng says there was nothing wrong with giving Zuma more airtime while he was still president of the country. Motsoeneng says when he was a producer, he would also give former president Thabo Mbeki more airtime, so he did not only do it for Zuma. Even now, as the leader of the African Content Movement, he still understands that President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to be given more airtime in the media.
Motsoeneng: "I want to clarify, chairperson, that I know president Zuma, but he's not my friend. So I'm not close to him like people saying I'm close to president Zuma..."
"When it comes to president Zuma," says Motsoeneng, "I follow this [broadcasting] act - not him, any individual."
Motsoeneng says that even on air, people were calling former president Jacob Zuma names, while he was still president, and he told people to have respect and "mind your language" because he was still president.
"It's not a Hlaudi issue, it is an SABC issue," Motsoeneng says, on the SABC's editorial policy.
#StateCaptureInquiry resumes after lunch. Motsoeneng says the media seeks to portray the country and certain individuals in a certain way. He adds that the media also portrays "black people as if we are useless". @TeamNews24— Jeanette Chabalala (@J_chabalala) September 11, 2019
Zondo asks Motsoeneng what he regards as glamourising violence. Motsoeneng says it is very important to have role models in SA...he believes when the broadcasting act speaks about not glamourising violence, it means violence is not in the public's interest.
Motsoeneng says we should ask ourselves why there are only negative stories in the media and nothing positive. He again speaks of an "agenda" to portray SA and certain individuals in a certain way.
Proceedings resume after the lunch adjournment, with Advocate Norman still leading Motsoeneng's evidence.
Norman is now reading from documents related to the protest coverage ban and charges brought by several of the "SABC 8".
#StateCaptureInquiry Motsoeneng has distanced himself from the suspensions and dismissals of these journalists. He says he can only act on people who report directly to him.— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) September 11, 2019
Advocate Norman notes that it is already 13:00.
Zondo says that "Mr Motsoeneng has been on that chair now for quite some time since yesterday, but I think it's important, I think the issues that we are dealing with are important issues and it's important that they be dealt with properly".
By Advocate Norman's estimation yesterday, Motsoeneng's testimony was meant to have already been completed by now, but Zondo acknowledges that he has interrupted a lot of the questioning to clarify issues and deal with them properly.
Motsoeneng says he is actually "very glad, because no one has ever listened to my story". Motsoeneng says people have drawn their own conclusions without him being part of it, and he thanks Zondo.
Zondo calls for the lunch adjournment. Back at 14:00.