Journalists should have licences – Hlaudi Motsoeneng

2014-07-03 16:22

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SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has proposed that journalists have a licence to practice like those in the medical and law professions.

Motsoeneng said journalists who acted unprofessionally should be stripped of their licences, the SABC reported.

“You know when you are a journalist, you are a professional journalist. If you don’t have ethics and principles and you mislead on your reporting, like lawyers ... if you commit any mistake they take your licence,” he was quoted as saying.

“We should do the same thing with journalists, that is what we need to do if we want to build South Africa.”

He was speaking at the annual Joburg Radio Days at Wits University in Johannesburg today.

The DA said Motsoeneng should be relieved of his duties.

“There is no reason for Mr Motsoeneng to still be at the SABC, and every reason to relieve him of his duties,” DA MP Gavin Davis said.

“Hlaudi Motsoeneng today confirmed why the SABC board must suspend him without delay ... [His comments] are not the considered opinions of a responsible and independent public broadcasting professional.”

In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report, called When governance and ethics fail, which found Motsoeneng’s appointment irregular. Among other things, his salary increased from R1.5 million to R2.4m in one year.

She found he misrepresented his qualifications - that he passed matric - to the SABC, and recommended he be replaced.

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