THE BIG DEBATE BURSTS BACK - WITH REDI TLHABI

Friday, February 21, 2014

BREAKING. SABC blasts Mail & Guardian article 'Hlaudi is here to stay'; says Thursday's statement is the only official comment from the SABC.


The SABC just put out a statement at 17:18 saying that a Mail & Guardian story out today by journalist Glynnis Underhill headlined "Hlaudi is here to stay" is not true and that the SABC's only official response on the matter regarding its matricless acting chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng is the statement the SABC released yesterday.

The SABC says Thursday's statement is "the only official comment from the SABC board until further communique".

The SABC says the SABC chairperson Zandile Tshabala refutes the article in Friday's Mail & Guardian newspaper and the front page headline entitled "Hlaudi is here to stay".

"The article by Glynnis Underhill twisted statements made by the SABC chairperson around the issue, with the aim of painting a picture that the SABC chairperson is undermining the report released by the Public Protector," says the SABC.

"It also gives the impression that the SABC board has already discussed the matter in detail and has reached a decision on the way forward. It must be put on record that the SABC board released a media statement yesterday, in which it made its position on the matter clear," says the SABC.

In the statement the SABC issued on Thursday, the public broadcaster said that the SABC board met on Wednesday to discuss the issue of the Public Protector's final report (released on Monday) about the SABC and the matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The SABC said in Thursday's statement that the SABC board has "committed to review it further, seek legal advice and also consult all relevant parties before taking any action in this regard. It must be noted that the current SABC board is new and needs to acquaint itself with all the facts in order to allow itself to apply its mind accordingly".

The SABC chairperson Zandile Tshabalala said in that statement that "the SABC board would like to ask the public to allow them space to go through the review processes as speedily as possible".