I walk tall, I talk tall: Motsoeneng - SABC briefing as it happened

2016-07-11 15:01

Get all the highlights from the SABC's media briefing following the Icasa ruling that it must withdraw its decision to not air footage of violent protests.

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Last Updated at 18:56
11 Jul 17:02

IN SUMMARY: So after a delay of more than half an hour, the SABC board finally addressed the media after Icasa's ruling that it must reverse its decision to ban visuals of violent protests.

SABC chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe began the briefing by apologising for the late start. He then stated that the SABC will consider the Icasa ruling and get advice from their legal team. He maintained that the decision not to braodcast images of violent protests was correct. He also stated that reports of financial collapse at the broadcaster was untrue.

But as is the case at most SABC briefings, all eyes were on COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng who insisted that matters between employers and employees are dealt with within the organisation. This was in response to a question about the suspension of some SABC staff.

Soon after 16:00, Right2Know activist and spokesperson Micah Reddy was removed by security from the briefing after holding up a poster and shouting "Hlaudi must go!"

Motsoeneng ended the briefing by telling reporters that he was stressed. "I walk tall, I talk tall," he said.

11 Jul 16:42
ICYMI: Right2Know spokesperson Micah Reddy removed from SABC briefing. Watch here.

11 Jul 16:40

Smiling, Hlaudi says he's not stressed. He says he performs well under pressure. I walk tall, I talk tall. There is energy within me. He says it's only a minority that's against him. He says: Those who criticise me, I like them. I need them.

He did refer to himself several times in the third person.

And thus ends the briefing.

11 Jul 16:38

What you are seeing is fair coverage, insists the COO.

Now he's asked how he's coping with all the criticism thrown his way.

11 Jul 16:37
Hlaudi insists that all political parties are given coverage.

11 Jul 16:35
Maguvhe: Only IEC can say elections free or not. You are giving SABC the wrong mandate. Our role is to inform, educate and entertain.

11 Jul 16:33
The allegations that done parties are not given enough space to air their political views is not correct," says the chair. There isn't such a  thing.

11 Jul 16:26
SABC says Icasa is a Chapter 9 body and only make recommendations, "they not a court of law".

11 Jul 16:24
SABC people are working. SABC people are happy, the COO states. Rather firmly. We won't be influenced by anyone, he says. We will run this organisation professionally, says hlaudi.

11 Jul 16:23
It's not my business of people are unhappy with Hlaudi, says Hlaudi.

11 Jul 16:20
Hlaudi on calls to step down "I was not voted to be here. I was appointed. Those making noise must continue to make that noise. It is not SABC noise".

11 Jul 16:20
Hlaudi is again speaking about chocolate cake. It's a favourite metaphor of his.

11 Jul 16:17
Hlaudi now warns of "Operation Clean-up": he says outside organisations are using people inside the SABC to leak info and they will be found and dealt with. He says they will be cleaned out of the SABC.

11 Jul 16:16

Now explaining the Uzalo matter. Says Uzalo was a show produced by an emerging production house. When investors invest they look for an audience. He says they are a broadcasting business and they have to do their research. - Hlaudi

It can't be right that we as business can't do business with a president's son or daughter. We can't punish people because they are related to politicians. They are adults.

11 Jul 16:12
Hlaudi says when he makes decisions he doesn't just make them on his own, he consults with other stakeholders.

11 Jul 16:11

I don't overrule people because I want to - Hlaudi

I meet everybody all the production houses emerging and known...that is my duty. I'm COO of this organisation and that is my duty - Hlaudi

11 Jul 16:10
He stood up and said the board is misleading the public. Shouting "Hlaudi must go!" He was escorted out by security, says News24 reporter Mpho Raborife who is at the briefing.

11 Jul 16:08
Whoa. Security called to a seemingly protesting individual out of the room.

11 Jul 16:06
We are performing very well. We don't owe anybody. So what crisis is there? - Tshitsumba

11 Jul 16:05
Says journalists must do their homework and prepare, verify their stories or else they won't last in the industry.

11 Jul 16:04
On the Uzalo matter - the show has been renewed. The top performing show in the country. It was not renewed by executives only... says they asked questions and their decision was based on how well it was motivated for.

11 Jul 16:03
Tshitsumba on Mthembu - we are the broadcaster, the S@bc is a government company we are not politicians we are broadcaster's.  Says as the board, they are merely broadcaster's who are appointed by Parly and not ANC. Says Minister Muthambi is their shareholder

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11 Jul 15:56
Chairperson Maguvhe says we wont retract decision yet we are going to take the matter on review with relevant authorities including ConCourt.

11 Jul 15:54
We as SABC we are not stopping here. We are going to challenge the Icasa ruling - Hlaudi

11 Jul 15:53
He says SABC broke the Tshwane story. He doesn't know why people want to dictate to the SABC.

11 Jul 15:51

We as SABC are on track.  We are not apologetic on the issues that we deal on. It's still hullabaloo when people talk about censorship - Hlaudi

Every newsroom censors stories every day, he says.

11 Jul 15:50
Let me put it clear.  Matter between employer and employees are dealt within the organisation. No one us going to tell us what to do! - Hlaudi

11 Jul 15:50

Acting CEO speaks on Matlala. The issue is still being dealt with its an internal matter between employer and employees, he says.

And now Hlaudi is up...

11 Jul 15:48
The third question is about suspended journalists. If any action taken on them yet. Fourth query adds to this question.

11 Jul 15:47
First question asks about Frans Matlala's disciplinary hearing. The next is about when the board will decide on the Icasa ruling.

11 Jul 15:46

"We are financially stable that's why we can pay our service providers and our staff members on time."

Now onto questions from reporters.

11 Jul 15:45
He says the board can borrow money from any institution.

11 Jul 15:45

Chair Maguvhe moves on to matters financial: I see reports that we are on the brink of a financial collapse, the person who leaked that is misleading.

11 Jul 15:43
Maguvhe says they will engage their legal team and respond to Icasa ruling.

11 Jul 15:42
Maguvhe says he still believes their decision not to broadcast footage of violent protest was the right one.

11 Jul 15:41
Maguvhe: When I was on my way here, I heard about the Icasa ruling that went against us. I wasn't surprised.

11 Jul 15:40
Prof Maghuve chair of the SABC board at the podium. Apologises for late start. He says he won;t be long.

11 Jul 15:39

News24 also reported earlier that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has confirmed that she is following up on a report she compiled two years ago on governance failures at the public broadcaster.

This following a number of high-profile changes implemented at the broadcaster recently, including banning the airing of protests on television.

A number of journalists at the SABC have since been either charged or suspended for voicing their objections to the decision.

11 Jul 15:28

And still we wait...

In the meantime, take a look at Faith Daniels's column asking if this is the beginning of the end for SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

I wish I could be a fly on the wall on Monday, when Communications Minister Faith Muthambi marches into Luthuli House and explains the SABC chaos, Daniels writes. It will surely make for an interesting conversation and could signal big changes at the public broadcaster.

"I doubt this will be a quick in-and-out for Muthambi. The current situation will take some explaining – and the result of the meeting must speak volumes," she says. 

11 Jul 15:19
Members of the board are starting to arrive. Briefing should likely start soon.

11 Jul 15:16
According to some on Twitter, the briefing was initially due to start at 14:00 but then was delayed to 15:00. It's now 15:16 and has yet to begin... 

11 Jul 15:01

The SABC is due to hold a media briefing on Monday afternoon following the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (Icasa) ruling that it must withdraw its decision to not air footage of violent protests.

Acting chairperson of Icasa Rubben Mohlaloga reportedly made the announcement at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday, after a number of civil bodies laid a complaint over the public broadcaster’s decision to ban footage of violence.

The SABC's chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe will head the briefing.

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