Saturday, July 9, 2016

The latest issue of the Financial Mail in South Africa covers how the famously matricless boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng 'crippled the SABC'.

The latest issue of the Financial Mail covers the SABC's controversial and famously matricless boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng with "How Hlaudi Motsoeneng crippled the SABC".

The new issue of the Financial Mail looks like how it would have been if South Africa had a weekday newspaper or magazine like Variety or The Hollywood Reporter incisively and comprehensively covering the South African TV industry but sadly we have none.

The new Financial Mail is just the latest print media in South Africa piling on the ongoing barrage of justified bad press the SABC is getting for its destructive and bombastic chief operating officer (COO) and his shocking mismanagement and irrational diktats like censorship of SABC TV news visuals.

In a lot of other countries, someone in the position of Hlaudi Motsoeneng would have stepped down long ago already where people who are less egotistical, come to a realisation that their untenable position and the shocking brand damage their presence inflicts on a company, structure or organisation, means that it would be better for the greater whole - and good - to leave.

Of course not the limelight loving Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who the Public Protector's report of February 2014 found that "Hlaudi Motsoeneng should never have been appointed at the SABC".

You can read Sikonathi Mantshantsha's Financial Mail cover story "How Hlaudi Motsoeneng crippled the SABC online here, and also how the loss-making SABC continues to lose money despite the lies from Hlaudi Motsoeneng that the SABC is profitable and making money.

The Financial Mail also has a report on how the SABC's nasty sounding new acting CEO James Aguma who is the chief financial officer allegedly told SABC "if you cross the line, you go" and to "get off the bus if you don't agree with the destination".

There is Hlaudi Motsoeneng's catastrophic course at the SABC, and Joe Thloloe, director of the Press Council and former SABC news editor-in-chief, weighing in that "state of fear under which SABC employees are working is not conducive to good journalism or programming. It has to cease".