- Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has denied claims that he cost the corporation R300 million in lost advertising revenue
- SABC board member Krish Naidoo claims Motsoeneng’s controversial 90% local content policy led to a loss of R300 million and was not cleared by the board
- Motsoeneng hit back at the accusation and claimed his policy actually generated income for the public broadcaster
The controversial former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has denied claims that he cost the corporation over R300 million in lost advertising revenue.
SABC board member Krish Naidoo testified at Motsoeneng’s CCMA hearing earlier and claimed the former executive was responsible for the public broadcaster losing at least R300 million in advertising revenue.
Naidoo said Motsoeneng’s controversial 90% local on-air music policy had driven advertisers away. He also claimed Motsoeneng never cleared the policy with the board.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Motsoeneng in typically defiant fashion denied the claims and said there was no evidence to support the accusation.
Motsoeneng shot back at the accusation by Naidoo by claiming he actually generated income for the SABC and was missed by those who still work at the public broadcaster.
He claimed his dismissal from the broadcaster was politically motivated.
Motsoeneng also claimed the broadcaster was in financial trouble because he was no longer at the helm and not because of any of his policies.
“In my time there was no zero per cent increment, I did everything … workers miss me at the SABC. The reality is I have been able to assist the SABC,” he said.
EWN.co.za reported that Motsoeneng has told the SABC to keep the head of corporate affairs position open until he had cleared his name and could resume his work.
Motsoeneng is expected to continue testifying in the CCMA matter on Thursday.
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