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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng now wants social media like Facebook and Twitter in South Africa to be regulated.


The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng now wants social media in South Africa - specifically Facebook and Twitter to be regulated.

The SABC's controversial and famously matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng on Monday called for regulation of social media and what people can say on it.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who already publicly said six times this year that he wants South Africa's press to be regulated and South African journalists "licensed", is now also calling for social media to be regulated because "some people destroy other peoples' lives".

Hlaudi Motsoeneng spoke on Monday and addressed government communicators at Wits' School of Governance in Parktown, Johannesburg. 

The SABC reported that according to Hlaudi Motsoeneng, "the happenings on social media are a cause for concern".

"People must criticise you especially if you don’t have matric…which I enjoy because I also criticise them and hit back. But I think…we must also regulate social media. It can't be right some people destroy other peoples' lives".

The embattled second highest executive at the public broadcaster - who earlier this month said on television in a highly embarrassing interview on kykNET (DStv 144) that media shouldn't report crime since it encourages young people to commit crime - is embroiled in a protracted court battle over his appointment as COO at the SABC.

He was fingered in last year's scathing report from the Public Protector which found that he should "never have been appointed at the SABC".

The report found maladministration and abuse of power at the public broadcaster and said that Hlaudi Motsoeneng admitted in a recorded interview to lying about having matric and made up symbols for a certificate he knew he couldn't produce.

Last year in February the Public Protector ordered the SABC to suspend Hlaudi Motsoeneng following the findings of the irregular appointment and that a disciplinary process be started immediately.

The court case will start this Friday in the Supreme Court of Appeal over the Public Protector's "When Governance and Ethics Fail" report.