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Motsoeneng’s appointment as SABC general executive should be reviewed, says ANC

In a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) at the weekend, a decision was made that the board of the SABC should review the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the broadcaster’s group executive for corporate affairs.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe made the announcement at a press briefing on the outcomes of the the ANC NEC meeting. One hot topic at the meeting was state-owned entities and the continued controversy surrounding them.

“The NEC extensively discussed the challenges at a number of state-owned companies. On the SABC, the NEC called for the board of the corporation to review the decision to appoint Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng as group executive for corporate affairs. The NEC also agreed on the need for a Parliamentary inquiry into the board’s fitness to hold office,” Mantashe read from his statement.

Motsoeneng took the position a week ago, despite the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissing his application for leave to appeal a ruling that his appointment at the SABC was irrational.

Mantashe added that the NEC had also called for a resolution to be found in the conflict between Denel and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. While talking on the issues faced by state-owned entities, the secretary general said that “monopoly capital” remained an enemy of the ANC.

“Monopoly capital remains the main enemy of our revolution and the ANC must do even more to fundamentally alter the structure of our economy. 

“However, as we continue to work hard to avoid sovereign ratings downgrades, the ANC must not be seen to be protecting the interests of white monopoly capital only,” Mantashe said.

Ad hoc lifestyle audits might also be on the cards for government officials and public servants. The NEC called for lifestyle audits to be implemented so that corruption in the country can be addressed. 

Mantashe explained that the audit would compare a public servant’s earnings with their lifestyle. If the salary is found to be inconsistent with the lifestyle, then the public servant will have to account for how they fund their lifestyle.

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Raeesa Pather
Raeesa Pather
Ra’eesa Pather is a Cape Town-based general news and features journalist.

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