Ed's Note: Motsoeneng's peculiar gift

By Drum Digital
27 June 2014

AT FIRST we were all taken aback. The last thing any of us wanted was to offend the Vhavenda but something was just not right.

How was it possible? To give a bride as a “gift”?! But alas, there she was, and as they say, the camera doesn’t lie.

SABC Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng was photographed with his arm around a young, beautiful Venda maiden, some Vhavenda elders and a truck with a cow and a calf – all of them “gifts”, we were told.

Let’s put aside for a moment why Motsoeneng, a public servant, should or should not have accepted these gifts as Acting COO of the public broadcaster and focus on the inappropriateness of the “bride gift”.

I, for one, was gobsmacked. I have never heard of this, and everyone I have spoken to about the matter was just as shocked! More so when leading women’s organisations like the ANCWL kept mum about  the subject!

Read more in DRUM – 03 July, 2014.

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