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Daily Podcast – September 27, 2016

Daily Podcast- September 27, 2016

27th September 2016

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter

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September, 27 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines:
ANC tells SABC board to uphold the law
Wits runs poll on whether lectures should resume
And, Motsoeneng's R11million bonanza must be accounted for

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The ANC on Monday urged the SABC to ensure it upholds the Western Cape High Court's ruling against COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The public broadcaster’s board and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi were duty-bound to uphold the law spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

Last Monday, the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected Motsoeneng’s bid to appeal against the Western Cape High Court’s November 2015 ruling declaring his appointment as COO irrational and setting it aside.

On Thursday, News24 reported that the SABC’s group secretary had asked the board, in a letter dated September 19, to recommended to Muthambi that Motsoeneng be appointed acting COO until December. The board was asked to make the recommendation at its next meeting on October 28.

 

The University of Witwatersrand will later this week run a poll to allow students and staff to voice their opinion on whether lectures should resume next week or not.

Spokesperson Shirona Patel said the university believed that the voices of the majority of students and staff needed to be heard.

Universities around the country including the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Pretoria have been protesting against the increase of fees for 2017.

She said the university had received hundreds of emails calling for the academic programme to resume and has responded to these concerns.

 

The R11.4-million "bonanza" paid to SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng has to be accounted for, lobby group Save Our SABC Coalition has said.

Coordinator for the Save Our SABC Coalition, Sekoetlane Phamodi, told News24 on Monday that this was just the latest in a series of "looting behaviour" at the public broadcaster.

But they were not ready to give up on the SABC, he said.

 

The City Press on Sunday reported that Motsoeneng had scored himself a bonus of R11.4-million, as commission for his handling of the controversial R500-million SABC deal with MultiChoice.

But that was just the initial payment, according to reports, as Motsoeneng would receive a total of R33-million over three years.

Phamodi said on Monday that this was indicative of the erosion and looting of public institutions across the country. He made examples of state-owned enterprises, SAA and Prasa.

 

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