SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng is adamant that the SABC's relationship with the influential Gupta family won't stop because he says Gupta media, like the SABC, share good stories about South Africa.
Although the SABC recorded a loss of R401 million, Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the South African economy is doing well, and doing well from the point of view of the SABC.
The SABC's famously matricless chief operating officer (COO) is embroiled in a protracted legal battle over his permanent appointment at the public broadcaster despite a damning report from the Public Protector in February 2014 implicating him in maladministration.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng spoke again on Friday at The New Age newspaper's latest breakfast briefing in Cape Town that was broadcast on SABC2's Morning Live.
"The relationship between us and the Guptas, it is a relationship that we are not going to stop," said Hlaudi Motsoeneng. "Reason is, the Guptas, they share the views that we share: good stories about South Africa".
"As long as we share the same views about South Africa, we will always partner with them. We should be proud about our own country. South Africa is doing well," said Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
The Gupta-owned The New Age newspaper and the ANN7 (DStv 405) TV news channel on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform again came under criticism recently for its relationship with the SABC.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema recently said "ANN7 and The New Age are not media houses, they are organisations used for money laundering".
"Morning Live used to broadcast events in the rural areas and everywhere else.They never asked for state-owned companies to sponsor them. The New Age comes and then hijacked Morning Live and said 'Telkom must sponsor us'. Then the money is put into The New Age and taken by the Guptas the politically connected from there," said Malema. "So that is evidence enough of these entities being used to siphon money from state institutions”.
'For SABC the economy is doing well'
"In SABC we have brain to make sure that we come with innovation to sustain the organisation," said Hlaudi Motsoeneng. "When people were saying economy is not doing well for the country, for SABC the economy was doing well".
In the latest financial report the SABC recorded a massive loss of R401 million.
"We shall not say, especially economists, 'everything is not well'. Everything is well. It is how as people are we reacting to the situation. And we as SABC we did react accordingly."
"I always differ with intellectuals. Sometimes I don't see this intellectual in them. They make not like it, but that is how I see it," said Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
"It can't be right, South Africans to say people who, like myself, don't have matric, I can't lead the organisation. It can't be right."
'God has given all of us talent'
"Even Jesus Christ. People were asking 'Who is this Jesus Christ?' Some of them were intellectual if you read Bible. And that was the person who saved people. It is very important for all of us as South Africans, not to discriminate," said Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
"Because for me, those who are talking about qualifications but they can't do the work. Which means you are saying people who did not go to school, they should go and steal. We can't allow such a situation. God has given all of us talent and brain to excel and assist ourselves, which we are doing."