2016

2016

10 January 2016: Rehad Desai, maker of the Marikana Massacre documentary, Miners Shot Down, says trust has been lost at the SABC.

21 February 2016: Finance Minister Prvin Gordhan subs the Guptas and the SABC on the issue of breakfast coverage of his budget speech.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/stnews/2016/02/21/Pravin-pulls-plug-on-Guptas-breakfast-cash-cow

25 February 2016: Senior African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Joyce Moloi-Moropa has resigned her seat in Parliament.

Moloi-Moropa is the chairperson of the communications portfolio committee and is also the National Treasurer of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Her decision comes after reports that she found herself caught in crossfire between ANC MPs loyal to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and party policy.

http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/business/2016/02/26/embattled-communications-committee-chairwoman-moloi-moropa-quits

28 February 2016: Prior to the 2016 municipal elections the SABC bans all politically-related comment on its call-in radio programmes.

http://city-press.news24.com/News/sabc-bans-radio-callers-20160227

https://www.da.org.za/2016/02/da-to-request-icasa-probe-of-sabcs-ban-on-call-ins/

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-03-02-op-ed-time-to-make-noise-about-sabcs-caller-ban/#.VuGvivl95D8

10 March 2016: Democratic Alliance launches its review to set aside the disciplinary inquiry of Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politics/motsoeneng-da-launches-review-to-set-aside-discipl

http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/media/2016/03/10/da-approaches-high-court-to-set-aside-motsoeneng-disciplinary-inquiry?cx_tag=bcuf

10 March 2016: The SABC defends its ban on all politically-related comment on its call-in radio programmes and threatens employees who break the ban

http://teeveetee.blogspot.co.za/2016/03/sabc-insists-its-correct-to-censor-and.html

10 March 2016: Satistics supplied by specialist television reporter Thinus Ferreira shows that eNCA has more than double the television news audience share of the SABC witout receiving money from government.

http://teeveetee.blogspot.co.za/2016/03/enca-remains-most-watched-tv-news.html

20 March 2016: City Press reveals that the SABC censored Vuyo Mvoko’s show ‘ Off the record’ and it has now been taken off the air.

SABC news show canned after host refuses to be censored by bosses sensitive to portraying Zuma and Guptas in a bad light

A plan to discuss alleged state capture by the Gupta family on a live television show has become SABC TV anchor Vuyo Mvoko’s greatest mistake: it has cost him a show that was starting to gain popularity.

On the Record was launched in mid-January but it was silently canned on Thursday following disagreements between him and his SABC bosses about the content for that evening.

Mvoko had been in trouble with his bosses barely two days earlier, on Tuesday.

He was accused of being “harsh” in his interview on the show the previous night with North West ANC chairperson and premier Supra Mahumapelo.

It appears the Tuesday fracas led to the newsman’s show being scrutinised by his bosses.

Sources within the SABC, who asked not to be named for fear of being victimised, said Mvoko had spent most of Thursday trying to convince his superiors that it was essential to discuss state capture.

3 March 2016: Gareth van Onselen sets out in Business Day the background to the way in which the ANC turned a public broadcaster into a state broadcaster

The ANC’s Umrabulo June/August 1998 edition contains the document, The State, Property Relations and Social Transformation: A Discussion Paper towards the Alliance Summit. It states, among other things: "Transformation of the state entails, first and foremost, extending the power of the National Liberation Movement over all levers of power: the army, the police, the bureaucracy, intelligence structures, the judiciary, parastatals, and agencies such as regulatory bodies, the public broadcaster, the central bank and so on."

It was a remarkably successful business for well on ten years, until, inevitably, the conscious decision to reward party loyalty ahead of merit and public service began to manifest overtly in corruption, mismanagement and decay. At the height of his powers, President Thabo Mbeki had pretty much every inch of the country sewn up.

And the SABC makes a good illustration of the point. In 2007, Dr Snuki Zikalala served as the SABC’s director of news. At board level, CEO Dali Mpofu had served the ANC as deputy head of its Social Welfare Department; board chairman Eddie Funde has a list of ANC credentials that ran from managing the placement, education and training of the hundreds of young ANC exiles during the 1970s to serving on the ANC’s NEC in 2002. Another board member, Solly Mokoetle, ran Radio Freedom for the ANC in exile, while Christine Qunta would often take to publicly flaunting her loyalty to Mbeki, not least by taking out full-page newspaper adverts on his birthday.

But the ANC’s conflation of party and state does not stop there. When SABC board member Cecil Msomi was not serving the public broadcaster he was working as the director of communication for the KwaZulu-Natal premier. In other words, he was employed by the ANC government to promote the political message and programme of action of its premier in that province.

3 March 2016: City Press reveals that the Public Protector is still seeking answers from Hlaudi Motsoeneng

18 March 2016: Mail & Guardian reveals that the Public Protector is ‘taken aback’ by the SABC’s claim that Hlaudi Motsoeneng has complied with her findings.

20 March 2016: Vuyo Mvoko’s television show On the Record is canned after he refused to be censored by bosses sensitive to portraying Zuma and Guptas in a bad light.

4 May 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng decrees that the SABC will no longer spend money on newspaper advertising

8 May 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi gives Hlaudi Motsoeneng unlimited censorship powers .

18 May 2016: The Democratic Alliance reveals that the SABC has tripled its contributions to the Gupta New Age newspaper since 2011

23 May 2016: Cape High Court dismisses Hlaudi Motsoeneng and SABC’s application for leave to appeal the decision setting aside Mr Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO). The Court originally found that the appointment was irrational and unlawful and thus set it aside ab initio.

26 May 2016: Democratic Alliance reveals that the SABC continues to spend millions of rands on its choir

27 May 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng bans the coverage of any destruction that occurs during servce delivery and other protests.

29 May 2016: There is widespread criticism of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s latest attempt to control news coverage.

30 May 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi praises Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s latest censorship step

30 May 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says media that do not practise sunshine journalism will be “forced” to transform.

30 May 2016: Gareth van Onselen sums up Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s subversion of the SABC’s news coverage.

31 May 2016: Cosatu condemns Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s latest censorship plans

31 May 2016: Supreme Court of Appeal slams the DTT policies of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi as “confused” and “irrational.”

1 June 2016: Hlaudi’s five bizarre demands

2 June 2016: The DA reveals that the SABC refused to broadcast its election ad and posts it online

3 June 2016: Six minute praise song for Hlaudi Motsoeneng released

6 June 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he does not believe in research

8 June 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng hastily cuts short a scheduled radio interview after he is attacked by callers

8 June 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng suggests a uniform for SABC employees

9 June 2016: The SABC bans on air discussions about or depictions of newspaper headlines

15 June 2016: Julian Brown in a Business Day article headlined “Hlaudi’s take on June 16” compares the coverage of the Soweto by uprising by the Transvaler with the recent coverage by the SABC on the clash between residents of an informal settlement near Hammanskraal and the "Red Ants".

20 June 2016: The Daily Vox publishes a transcript of a radio call-in programme where Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Kaizer Kganyago answered questions about the decision to ban protest visuals

20 June 2016: Marelise van der Merwe of Daily Maverick publishes a selection of topical quotes about the state broadcaster

21 June 2016: ICASA orders the SABC to respond to complaints about its decision not to broadcast footage of violent protests.

22 June 2016: Hlaudi hi-jacks a press conference

24 June 2016: The SABC suspends three news staff members who complained about the non-coverage of the R2k pickets outside the SABC buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This is condemned by Sanef.

24 June 2016: Jimi Matthews sends an affidavit to ICASA in response to an R2K complaint about censorship by omission

24 June 2016: Eight quotes from Hlaudi Motsoeneng

25 June 2016: At an ICASA public hearing, the SABC was unable to provide any empiral evidence to back up its claim that the presence of its TV news cameras incited violence.

27 June 2016: Jimi Matthews quits with a resignation letter in which he says what is happening at the SABC is wrong

27 June 2016: Three journalists write a letter of complaint to Hlaudi Motsoeneng about censorship

28 June 2016: SABC replaces Jimi Matthews with James Aguma

28 June 2016: Forum of Journalists for Transformation (FJT) says Matthews should have left long ago

28 June 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he does not know what censorship is

29 June 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi lashes out at Jimi Matthews

29 June 2016: Media Online published 11 classic Hlaudi quotes

30 June 2016: Numsa rallies behind fired SABC journalists

30 June 2016: Hannes du Buisson, spokesperson for the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu), said the union is opposing the charges against the three journalists who wrote a letter of complaint to Hlaudi Motsoeneng because it is “unprecedented”, and does not comply with the SABC’s disciplinary code.

30 June 2016: The Helen Susman Foundation threatens legal action against the SABC because of censorship and suspension of journalists.

1 July 2016: Journalists throughout the country picket outside SABC buildings to protest against Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s censorship

1 July 2016: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) write a joint letter to SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng demanding the withdrawal of charges against three senior SABC journalists

3 July 2016: Former SABC chief executive officer Jimi Matthews admits that the public broadcaster deliberately banned the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader Julius Malema.

4 July 2016: Faith Daniels writes about SABC newsrooms

4 July 2016: Lukhanyo Calata, SABC parliamentary reporter charged

4 July 2016: Zwelinzima Vavi announces that he will take the SABC to concourt

4 July 2016: Seven former SABC executives have written to President Jacob Zuma, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and SABC chair Mbulaheni Maguvhe, criticising events at the public broadcaster.

The seven include former editors-in-chief for TV news Joe Thloloe and Allister Sparks, former news chief executive Barney Mthombothi, and former deputy CEO Govin Reddy.

5 July 2016: Mwasa says Hlaudi Motsoeneng is running the SABC like a spaza shop

5 July 2016: ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe claims the ANC has also been a victim of censorship at the SABC.

5 July 2016: “Too many Jimis in South African politics” says Max du Preez

5 July 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi summoned to Luthuli House to explain SABC crisis

5 July 2016: ANC distances itself from SABC censorship

5 July 2016: ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says the ANC has never attempted to influence the ANC: Successive administrations have been accused of political interference of some kind at the SABC – and this is nearly always said to be in the name of the ANC.

To date, no evidence has been produced to substantiate such claims. The latest controversy surrounding editorial practices at the SABC, unfortunately being made by an individual who has fallen out of favor with his employer, have also regretfully once again drawn the ANC into the fray.

The ANC categorically rejects any allegation to have connived with members of the SABC staff or management to undermine any political party and change any editorial decisions.

6 July 2016: ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu slates SABC censorship policies saying they are unconstitutional and illegal. He says the SABC has collapsed. He demands a meeting with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC board. He says the ANC no longer has faith in the SABC.

6 July 2016: Vuyo Mvoko says his life was hell under Jimi Matthews

6 July 2016: Financial Mail deputy editor Sikonathi Mantshantsha writes about the impact of Hlaudi Motsoeneng on the SABC

6 July 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng tells Jacaranda FM that he does not believe in scientific research

7 July 2016: Crystal Orderson speaks of staff abuse at the SABC

7 July 2016: Sara Gon of the Institute of Race Relations says the inquorate board of the SABC nullifies their decisions

7 July 2016: Joe Thloloe and six former board members and executives write to President Jacob Zuma, communications minister Faith Muthambi, and SABC chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe, expressing concerns about Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

8 July 2016: A group of prominent foundations representing "illustrious South Africans" including Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, Desmond and Leah Tutu, Chief Albert Luthuli and Thabo Mbeki among others, have called for a judicial commission of inquiry into the SABC.

8 July 2016: Vuyo Mvoko served with a letter by the public broadcaster's human resources department to provide reasons why his contract should not be terminated.

9 July 2016: Thinus Ferreira reveals that two weeks after the dramatic resignation of Jimi Matthews, SABC TV news is still running his name at end of the news credits

10 July 2016: Sanef awards the Nat Nakasa award to eight dissenting SABC journalists

10 July 2016: Letter from former SABC board members and senior executives to ANC about SABC censorship published by City Press

10 July 2016: The Sunday Times reveals that without a bank bailout of more than a billion rand the SABC may soon not be able to pay salaries. The Democratic Alliance calls on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the National Treasury not to extend a R1.5 billion guarantee to the SABC‚ but instead to place the public broadcaster under administration.

10 July 2016: The Sunday Times reveals that Hlaudi Motsoeneng has given Zuma‘s daughter a R167 million contract

10 July 2016: Public Protector reveals that she is investigating a failure of governance at the SABC

11 July 2016: Uzalo cost double what it cost to produce Generations. That’s the claim made on the IOL website.

'Uzalo' initially faced the chopping block because, according to a six-person panel reviewing the show, the writing was poor and no concrete business model was in evidence.

11 July 2016: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa rules that the SABC has to rescind its ban on showing protest footage and communicate that it has done so within the next seven days.

11 July 2016: Carmel Rickard sets out the details of the judgment.

11 July 2016: eNCA livestreams the SABC press conference

11 July 2016: The SABC says it will consult its lawyers but intendeds taking the ICASA ruling to the highest court possible

11 July 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng says nobody will tell the SABC what to do

12 July 2016: Gwede Mantashe says the SABC defies Chapter 9 institutions at its peril

13 July 2016: News 24 reveals that Luthuli House has banned ANC structures from speaking about SABC

13 July 2016: The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has called on Parliament to intervene in the censorship crisis currently engulfing the SABC.

13 July 2016: Democratic Alliance calls on ANC to call an emergency sitting of the Communication Portfolio Committee to discuss the SABC crisis

14 July 2016: Marianne Merten posts a timeline on Daily Maverick of the ANC’s protection in parliament of Hlaudi Motsoeneng

15 July 2016: The SABC misses the deadline to respond to an urgent interdict filed by the Helen Suzman Foundation. The urgent interdict proceedings are set to be heard on July 19 in the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria.

15 July 2016: Financial Mail editor, Rob Rose, says that that under Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, the SABC has ‘gone rogue’.

15 July 2016: Jimi Matthews told his troubled staff that they have two choices – the door or the window – if they don’t toe the Hlaudi line

16 July 2016: The suspended SABC journalists file their court papers at the Constitutional Court

17 July 2016: City Press reveals thaat the SABC has lost R60m through the dubious dealings of Hlaudi Motsoeneng

17 July 2016: IOL on the performance of board chairman. Dr Ben Ngubane

17 July 2016: IOL gives a list of all the labour court cases which the SABC has lost as cited by the Public Protector in her report When Governance and Ethics fail. This has cost the SABC more than R60 million:

The following are examples that Madonsela cited in her report:

  1. Motsoeneng directly initiated the termination of Bernard Koma’s employment. Koma was the lead witness at his disciplinary hearing. He received a 12-month settlement award at the CCMA.
  2. Montlenyane Diphoko’s termination of service was directly initiated by Motsoeneng after he also testified against him at his disciplinary hearing. Diphoko was reinstated after a CCMA ruling, almost three years later.
  3. Motsoeneng directly initiated the termination of the employment of Hosia Jiyane, who also had testified against him in his disciplinary hearing. Disciplinary proceedings against him dragged on for two years before he won the case.
  4. Dr Saul Pelle won his case at the Labour Court for reinstatement but SABC refused to reinstate him and offered him a 12-month settlement payout.
  5. Ntsiepe Masoetsa was reinstated after her labour dispute case against the SABC had dragged on for three years.
  6. Cecilia Phillips was suspended for four months without charges being brought.
  7. Motsoeneng directly initiated Sello Thulo’s termination of employment after he had testified against him at his disciplinary hearing. According to Madonsela, Motsoeneng instructed the disciplinary committee to “get that man out of the system”.
  8. A substantial settlement award was offered to Thabiso Lesala through his attorney at the CCMA and he was asked to withdraw his case.
  9. Charlotte Mampane’s employment contract was terminated prematurely in March 2012 instead of October 2013 for being redundant. A settlement award was given to her.
  10. Phumelele Ntombela-Nzimande’s employment contract was terminated prematurely, and she was awarded a settlement.
  11. Gugu Duda has been indefinitely suspended since September 2012 without expeditious finalisation of the disciplinary proceedings against her.
  12. Sundi Sishuba was suspended for two-and-a-half years without charges.
  13. Loraine Francois was suspended for months but won her case at the CCMA and was reinstated.
  14. Nompilo Dlamini won her case in the Labour Court before the SABC appealed the ruling at the high court.

It lost.

Records, according to Madonsela, showed the majority of these cases were handled without following proper procedure as all 14 suspensions and terminations were challenged successfully.

18 July 2016: ICASA acknowledges that the SABC has asked for a court review of its order that the SABC cease its censorship

18 July 2016: News 24 reveals that Hlaudi Motsoeneng told staff at a June workshop that they could question anyone in their elections coverage, except President Jacob Zuma, according to court papers. Eight journalists, dubbed the "SABC 8", filed an urgent application on Friday seeking direct access to the Constitutional Court, which News24 has seen.

19 July 2016: SABC dismisses four journalists with immediate effect and without disciplinary hearings, according to the trade union Solidarity.

19 July 2016: Max du Preez announces that he will never again participate in any SABC programme

19 July 2016: The SABC dismisses Lukhanyo Calata and two other journalists

19 July 2016: SABC news anchor Ivor Price resigns saying “Motsoeneng’s venomous tentacles have the entire public broadcaster in their grip‚"

19 July 2016: Crowd funding raises R84 000 for fired SABC journalists

20 July 2016: Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka says it has been informed that the SABC would abide by its ruling to halt its censorship policy. The SABC’s lawyer, Titus Mchunu, said the SABC had had an opportunity to study the Icasa order, and would now abide by it.

20 July 2016: Just a day after announcing his resignation from the SABC, former news anchor Ivor Price was appointed by Media24

20 July 2016: The Parliamentary Press Gallery Association which represents journalists at Parliament has called for the reinstatement of Lukhanyo Calata, a parliamentary worker, and SABC staff member.

20 July 2016: Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications expresses deep concern at developments at the SABC and urges the public broadcaster to respect an interim court order issued earlier by the Pretoria High Court against its ban on footage of violent protests.

20 July 2016: The South African Communist Party (SACP), a key ally of the ruling ANC, on Wednesday picketed outside the offices of the SABC in Cape Town, and handed over a memorandum of demands which included a call for the dismissal of Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

21 July 2016: Vuyo Mvoko serves court papers on the SABC to order the broadcaster to put him back on air after he spoke out against censorship, Mvoko argues that the public broadcaster has violated the independent contract agreement he has with them. He also details instances of censorship and intimidation at the broadcaster, which he alleges he has directly experienced.

21 July 2016: The Citizen reports that a video is being posted on social media in which Hlaudi Motsoeneng boasts about about the the fact that while he is not “academical” he is nevertheless an intellectual “lecher”.

21 July 2016: Duncan McLeod gives a brief history of South Africa's disastrous broadcasting digital migration project and the Communications Ministers involved

22 July 2016: Steven Budlender, counsel for the seven dismissed SABC employees, asks that Hlaudi Motsoeneng may be held personally responsible for thousands of rands of legal costs that have been incurred as a result of the SABC’s decision to fire employees who objected to its policy not to air footage of violent protests.

26 July 2016: Judge Robert La Grange rules in the labour court in Johannesburg that the SABC4 must be reinstated.

27 July 2016: Adriaan Basson says the SABC is effectively bankrupt.

31 July 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng fires the SABC’s head of television, Verona Duwarkah, allegedly because she refused to rubber-stamp the multimillion-rand new TV shows being awarded to hand-picked celebrity producers and artists.

The experienced content and financial management executive has been replaced by Sully Motsweni – the SABC staffer mentioned along with Motsoeneng in the Public Protector’s 2014 report, titled When Governance and Ethics Fail.

5 August 2016: The SABC offers free funeral cover to SABC licence holders

14 August 2016: The Sunday Times alleges that that acting SABC CEO James Aguma awarded a Gupta-linked businessman, Kuben Moodly a “suspect” R380 million debt collecting contract without going out to tender.

15 August 2016: The Department of Communications confirms that the SABC will from now on need to submit formal requests for all international trips to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi

16 August 2016: The parliamentary Portfolio Committee of Communications agrees with the DA that a full-scale parliamentary inquiry into the institutional rot at the SABC was necessary and urgent.

22 August 2016: The DA says Hlaudi Motsoeneng deserves to be fired rarther than given a bonus

22 August 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says she will leave everything to the SABC board.

23 August 2016: Appearing before the parliamentary portfolio committee on communication, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi gives the SABC her full support, James Aguma says there are no financial problems at the SABC and Hlaudi Motsoeneng lashes out at all and sundry.

24 August 2016: The SABC denies that it gave an R18 million golden handshake to former SABC CEO Frans Matlala but refuses to say how much he got.

6 September 2016: According to a news release, the SABC is organising a concert to thank itself. The DA objects.

6 September 2016: Sylvia Vollenhoven loses her court attempt to broadcast her documentary Project Spear: Stolen Billions, Spies and Lies which the SABC commissioned but refused to screen when it was realised that it did not reflectwell on the ANC.

7 September 2016: The SABC denies that it is funding a ‘thank you SABC’ concert.

9 September 2016: Judge lashes the SABC on its ban of the DA election advertisment

18 September 2016: The Sunday Times reveals that SABC staffers are living in fear of their lives amid a wave of threats, intimidation and harassment.

19 September 2016: The Supreme Court of Appeal dismisses Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal a ruling by the High Court in Cape Town, which effectively set aside his permanent appointment. This is welcomed by the DA, Cope and the SACP.

20 September 2016: SABC’s ‘thank you’ concert turns out to be a disastrous flop

22 September 2016: Stephan Hofstatter reveals in The Times that the SABC board is considering a highly controversial proposal that could lead to Hlaudi Motsoeneng making a comeback as the corporation's chief operating officer.

22 September 2016: SABC Non-Executive board member, Krish Naidoo, says he stands by his decision not to endorse any move to re-appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the public broadcaster's acting Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Naidoo has broken rank by publicly declaring that he will not back any move to have Motsoeneng as the public broadcaster's senior executive. There is still no clarity as to whether the majority of board members support the proposal.

Naidoo, who is a legal practitioner, says supporting Motsoeneng's re-instatement will be unethical and illegal.

“Any reason for not supporting the resolution proposal by the board to appoint Motsoeneng as acting COO is that it will be irrational and will undermine the spirit of the law and boarding on illegality. I cannot be party to a decision that is unlawful, because I’ll be complicit in committing a crime. I've chosen not to support the resolution and have made that public.”

22 September 2016: The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given the board of the SABC until Monday to respond fully on the status of beleaguered chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng whose appointment has been set aside by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

This came after reports that the board was considering hiring Motsoeneng as COO again. A draft resolution asking Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to reappoint Motsoeneng in an acting capacity would be tabled at a next board meeting in October for ratification, according to The Times newspaper on Thursday.

23 September 2016: News 24 runs an extensive article on Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

23 September 2016: The Presidency notes and respects the Supreme Court of Appeal's (SCA) ruling on former SABC chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

23 September 2016: In an open letter to its members BEMAWU asks if the SABC board can be trusted.

24 September 2016: Public Protector says she has written to Faith Muthambi about Hlaudi Motsoeneng

25 September 2016: City Press reveals that Hlaudi Motsoeneng got a secret R11.4 million bonus.

25 September 2016: The ANC says the SABC must act in line with a commitment President Jacob Zuma made to the judiciary that government departments and state institutions will not ignore court rulings.

25 September 2016: The ANCYL says Hlaudi Motsoeneng must keep his job.

25 September 2016: The SABC acknowledges that it does not know what Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s job title is.

25 September 2016: Criticism is starting to surface about the SABC’s coverage of the Paralympics.

25 September 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng hijacks Mandoza funeral with an inappropriate 13-minute rant.

26 September 2016: R2K calls on advertisers to boycott SABC

28 September 2016: The Public Protector says she will investigate Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s most recent appointment.

28 September 2016: Pierre de Vos says appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng is irrational and invalid

29 September 2016: SABC posts R411 million loss

30 September 2016: Auditor-general reveals R5 billion in irregular and wasteful expenditure at the SABC

3 October 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng writes an open letter to the ANC

3 October 2016: Five months after saying it will no longer advertise in newspapers, the SABC advertises the CEO post

4 October 2016: James Selfe of the DA reveals that the SABC’’s legal costs, according to the recently released SABC Annual Report, went up from R171 million to R257 million and legal claims provision also doubled from R47 million to R86 million in the 2015/16 financial year.

This can only be attributable to the costly litigation that the SABC underwent in defending disgraced former COO, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has lost every one of his legal battles, with costs.

It is outrageous that the SABC is willing to spend up to a total of R343 million on the frivolous legal cases to defend Mr Motsoeneng, when the broadcaster has just revealed that it suffered a net losses of R411 million in the same financial year.

5 October 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng arrives unannounced and univited in parliament even though he is no longer a member of the SABC board

5 October 2016: SABC board sets out its reasons for retaining Hlaudi Motsoeneng

5 October 2016: Two SABC board members resign in parliament calling the board “amateurish and dysfunctional”.

5 October 2016: All members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications call on the remaining SABC board members to resign.

5 October 2016: Cosatu attacks the SABC board.

5 October 2016: Timeline of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s career

5 October 2016: The Democratic Alliance welcomes parliament’s decision to investigate the SABC

6 October 2016: Krish Naidoo sets out legal constraints re Hlaudi Motsoeneng retaining his job.

6 October 2016: Vusi Mavuso, who resigned from the SABC board with Krish Naidoo laments the ‘institutional genocide’ at the SABC.

6 October 2016: The ANC calls on Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to fire or suspend the remaining SABC board members.

Spokesman Zizi Kodwa said the board continued to act illegally and seemed prepared to take the SABC down with them.

He said there was no board because its members could not form a quorum.

6 October 2016: The SABC board convenes a press conference in which it defends its performance in parliament and says it will not resign. Hlaudi Motsoeneng attacks reporters and says he will not go back to school.

6 October 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi reveals the Kaizer Kganyago is a liar.

Kganyago said repeatedly “we are not giving any money towards this concert. We are merely acting as media sponsors where promoters are given airtime on our various platforms”.

After Kganyago said that the SABC is not paying for the #ThankYouSABC Concert, the minister of communications, Faith Muthambi, told parliament on Wednesday that the SABC did in fact pay R2 695 750 for the controversial concert to Phumelela Group.

6 October 2016: Cape High Court dismisses the SABC’s application to delay a court hearing challenging the disciplinary hearing that cleared its former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

9 October 2016: Jackson Mthembu, in an interviewn with Chris Barron of the Sunday Times indicates that the ANC wants Hlaudi Motsoeneng gone by the end of November.

  • 9 Oct 2016
  • Sunday Times

So Many Questions

The parliamentary communications committee has called for the SABC board to be dissolved.

Chris Barron asked ANC chief whip and chairman of the party’s communications committee, Jackson Mthembu.

Does this mean the board and Motsoeneng no longer enjoy the ANC’s protection?

We have lost respect for the board and confidence in that board.

So you support the call for its dissolution?

More than support it: if it were possible I would love to see this board gone.

Why?

Because you can’t show a middle finger to our judiciary. Our judiciary says this person [Motsoeneng] was employed as COO in a manner that is irrational. Therefore, any logical person would have removed that person from the payroll of the SABC.

Is the board in contempt of court?

Definitely. Contempt of court, contempt of the executive and contempt of parliament.

Is it fit and proper?

Definitely not.

Wasn’t it picked by the ANC?

It was also agreed to by parliament.

Where the ANC has a majority?

Agreed.

So did the ANC pick the most qualified candidates?

We appointed, in our view at the time, the most qualified candidates.

On merit?

They were all selected on merit.

Why did a board member say it’s dysfunctional and mediocre?

Because it got divided into proHlaudi people and non-Hlaudi people. The non-Hlaudi people were removed. Those were people who had qualifications. They wanted to see proper governance implemented.

Has the committee performed its oversight role?

This is one of the things we will have to look at as the ANC. What did the committee in parliament do in respect of a board that used powers they do not have to fire other board members? We will want answers.

Why didn’t you ask this long ago?

What brought the red light was first of all the issue of editorial policy. Secondly, the firing of workers based on that illegal editorial policy. The last straw was when the court decided that this person was irrationally appointed and the SABC decided to appoint him at another level. That is when we took interest in the working of the SABC.

Why didn’t you wake up sooner?

We asked very pertinent questions of the committee before. We still don’t have good answers. We are interested in why the committee left many matters unattended which have probably brought us to where we are.

Because they were carrying out ANC instructions?

I don’t think so.

Why else would ANC members of the committee block the appointment of a parliamentary inquiry into the SABC?

All we are saying is the ANC acknowledges the committee could have dealt with the SABC better.

A month ago ANC members wouldn’t allow an inquiry into the board. What has changed?

What has changed is showing a middle finger to the rule of law. And what has changed is that it was quite clear to the committee this week that we have no board. Therefore, our law says we need to hold an inquiry.

Why has the ANC changed its attitude?

I just told you that when that board of the SABC showed the middle finger.

They’ve been doing that since 2013 when the public protector found his appointment was irrational.

No.

This matter has been before the courts. It was only finally put to rest when it went before the Supreme Court of Appeal two weeks ago.

In 2012 at Mangaung the ANC acknowledged a collapse of corporate governance and resolved to deal with it ’expeditiously’?

In 2013 we had a new board. We were very eager and confident that this new board would assist us to overcome these difficulties.

Didn’t you set yourself up for disappointment by appointing people for political reasons?

I can assure you that the people that were appointed by parliament were people of expertise. For you to be a lackey of Hlaudi doesn’t mean you’re not an expert in your work. As to what Hlaudi has on these board members, only God knows.

Will the same selection criteria be applied to the new board?

We think the problems at the SABC are systemic and we need to take a step back and think what should be the governance model.

Is the ANC scared of the public backlash? Is this why its attitude has changed?

So you’re not concerned about public outrage?

The ANC is not immune from that public outrage. Our members are quite astounded by what is happening at the SABC.

When will Motsoeneng be gone?

The first week after the interim board is there.

How long will that take?

It is likely on October 25 we will have a report . . . regarding the dissolution of the board which parliament will approve. After that it’s for the president to dissolve it.

When do you want an interim board in place?

By the end of November.

9 October 2016: Former communications portfolio chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa this week said the best option to resolve the SABC chaos was for President Jacob Zuma to intervene.

9 October 2016: Former SABC board member Krish Naidoo says he warned the ANC about Hlaudi

9 October 2016: The SABC has parted ways with Mchunu Attorneys, the law firm that cleared former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng of any wrongdoing despite the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her 2014 report, called When Governance and Ethics Fail.

10 October 2016: The ANC decrees that the remaining SABC board members will not be able to attend a meeting with the Coomunications Portfolio Committee on 19 October

12 October 2016: The DA files its founding affidavit in the Western Cape High Court to have the appointment of the former SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as Group Executive of Corporate Affairs declared invalid.

13 October 2016: Viewership plummets on the SABC3 channel after Hlaudi Motsoeneng banned the bulk of international content from the channel,

16 October 2016: President Jacob Zuma says he had received and accepted the resignation of two members of the SABC board.

At the start of the month, board members Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso announced their resignations at a meeting with Parliament’s communications committee, effectively rendering the now four-member board defunct.

They had spoken out on the board's conduct and poor processes.

17 October 2016: The Constitutional Court must order Parliament to probe its own decisions around recent events at the public broadcaster, the SABC 8 have said in court papers.

In papers filed on Friday, the eight journalists, who were fired and then rehired by the SABC in September following a lengthy Labour Court battle, want the National Assembly to institute an inquiry into the various issues plaguing the broadcaster, including their firings.

The court papers say the portfolio committee on communications neglected its constitutional duty when it failed to hear the pleas of the journalists to attend a sitting and explain their cases in August.

20 October 2016: The DA says that Hlaudi Motsoeneng, in an effort to curry favour with staff, has offered them a R10 000 “sweetener deal” that will cost the SABC R32 million if implemented.

27 October 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng threatens Jackson Mthembu, who says Motsoeneng’s statements are defamatory and the ANC in parliament condemns Motsoeneng for the threats.

28 October 2016: BEMAWU fears a purge of SABC staff members opposed to Hlaudi Motsoeneng looting.

31 October 2016: SABC announces that it wants to end its prime time news broadcasts

1 November 2016: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) says the SABC has not provided it with any proof that it has complied with its ruling to unban the airing of violent protest.

2 November 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has set the cat among the pigeons in Parliament by defending the SABC’s R411 million loss and insisting the current three-member board can take binding decisions despite not having a quorum.

MPs in the National Council of Provinces were struggling to understand Muthambi’s answers that three members of a dysfunctional board have the powers to take decisions.

2 November 2016: Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says in the state capture report that allegations that the SABC entered into contracts with the Gupta-owned The New Age newspaper will be probed in the next phase of the investigation.

9 November 2016: Members of the Indian community attack Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s music policy.

13 November 2016: The Sunday Times reveals that the SABC 8 have received death threats, have been shot at, have had their cars tameperd with and their homes broken into.

15 November 2016: Two more SABC board members resign leaving only the chairperson, Mbulaheni Maguvhe

17 November 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi concedes that when Hlaudi Motsoeneng was reappointed as COO the post was not advertised.

17 November 2016: Jackson Mthembu sues Motsoeneng who says he will defend.

20 November 2016: The Auditor General finds that the SABC’s unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure amounted to R798.2 million and that much of this is due to Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s mismanagement. The AG finds that the SABC had deliberately understated its losses because of irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure by R377 million.

20 November 2016: A City Press investigation reveals how Hlaudi Motsoeneng ignored governance protocols to seize control of television content. The Labour Court then finds in favour of Verona Duwarkah, the SABC’s former group executive for television, and the SABC pays out the remainder of her contract. She leaves under duress ending a 25-year career with the SABC.

He sets up what he calls the Special Project Unit, which defies the SABC’s own commissioning policy, as well as the regulations of industry watchdog The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa).

He then commissioned R600 million worth of local TV shows which he dishes out to cronies.

City Press also learnt that Motsoeneng’s implementation of an 80% local TV content quota was done without a risk assessment – and with near-fatal repercussions for SABC3.

he repeatedly warned Motsoeneng that his meddling in everything from the SA Music Awards line-up to sports events, and especially programming schedules, was negatively affecting SABC audiences and revenues.

In her court papers Duwarkah says: “A material watershed moment arrived when Motsoeneng hand-picked a select few producers and instructed me ... to ensure they were given contracts, even though some of their proposals had previously been rejected by the content team.”

20 November 2016: The Democratic Alliance announces that it will file supplemnatry papers in its court application to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed from his position after the revelations in City Press based on the labour Court application of Verona Duwarkah.

20 November 2016: City Press reveals that Hlaudi Motsoeneng has turned the SABC’s Special Projects Department into a trough.

23 November 2016: The DA files court papers on Hlaudi Motsoeneng and he responds.

23 November 2016: As the court case against Hlaudi Motsoeneng starts, his supporters protest outside

23 November 2016: The DA says the litigation to get rid of Hlaudi Motsoeneng had already cost R28 million.

23 November 2016: Speaking to journalists outside the Cape High Court, Hlaudi Motsoeneng accuses Public Protector Thulia Madonsela and the DA of racism and says that Madonsela only targeted white people.

24 November 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he will take on the DA and change South Africa.

27 November 2016: City Press reveals that that in the last two years, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has heard 190 cases brought by SABC staff.

According to City Press’ sister newspaper, Rapport, 109 of those were in the past nine months. The newspaper also revealed that Hlaudi Motsoeneng had brought in the State Security Agency to interrogate staff.

28 November 2016: The Times reveals that only remaing SABC board member, Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe, has taken his fight against parliament to the Western Cape High Court to interdict its investigation into the public broadcaster‚ just a day before it was meant to resume its inquiry.

29 November 2016: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane refuses to appear at the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC and demands that, any members of her staff who she might nominate to represent her, should be allowed to testify in camera.

29 November 2016: The Democratic Alliance announces that it will go to court to oppose the interdict against members of Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board.

30 November 2016: ICASA fines SABC radio stations for breaking election coverage rules

1 December 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng explains how he will save South Africa in six months.

2 December 2016: SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe's bid to have Parliament's ad hoc committee interdicted from looking into the board is dismissed by the Western Cape High Court.

2 December 2016: The ANCYL in KZN says it will lobby for Hlaudi Motsoeneng to be made minster of land affairs.

3 December 2016: The ANC scoffs at an ANCYL suggestion that Hlaudi Motsoeneng is ministerial material

4 December 2016: The Cape High Court dismisses an attempt by the sole remaining member of the SABC board, Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe to prevent a parliamentary inquiry into the dysfuntionality at the state broadcster from continuing. Thinus Ferreira, who watched the live broadcast of the court hearing says Judge Siraj Desai was strongly critical of Maguvhe:

Judge Siraj Desai in courtroom 9 at the Western Cape High Court on Friday told the SABC lawyers - who appeared smug and arrogant as well as unprepared, stuttering and faltering when he asked questions - that "I'm trying to think as much as I can in your favour, but my mind leads to different conclusions".

Advocate Ismail Jamie SC appearing on behalf of the SABC (and who couldn't pronounce Mbulaheni Maguvhe's name correctly) didn't come across in the court case - broadcast live on SABC News (DStv 404) as very forthcoming when Judge Siraj Desai multiple times asked who is paying him and who appointed the legal council.

"I'm entitled to be here. My client is the SABC," said Ismail Jamie, with the court told that acting SABC CEO James Aguma authorised the SABC's legal eagles.

On why the SABC refused to hand over the documents requested from Mbulaheni Maguvhe for parliament's SABC inquiry, Ismail Jamie told Judge Siraj Desai that Maguvhe is only "entitled to see the documents, but he's not entitled to hand over the documents because he's not the owner of the documents.

He said the SABC as a public broadcaster is "entitled to protect our own commercial interests".

"No, you are not. The SABC is an asset of all South Africans," said Judge Siraj Desai.

"This is not the baby in the bath water. This is the elephant in the bath water. The entire board is [gone]," said Judge Siraj Desai, noting that "virulence has swept the SABC board".

Judge Siraj Desai told Mbulaheni Maguvhe's lawyer Thabani Masuku several times things like: "I do not follow you. Why is it not correct?", "I can't understand your problem in this regard".

Thabani Masuku said: "All I'm saying is, let’s not make too much of an issue that the SABC board is not functioning".

Judge Siraj Desai said "One doesn't see a vacancy, but one sees the crumbling, disintegration of the SABC board itself" and that "the objective fact here is the SABC board has crumbled. Crumbled to the fact that it is inquorate."

Thabani Masuku told the judge that the SABC board and Mbulaheni Maguvhe read bad things about them in the media, that they don't like it and don't have the "courage" to read the newspapers, saying: "Some people do not take kindly to the kind of language used to describe the SABC board and its fails".

The packed court room burst out in laughter several times.

"When one is in a public position, then criticism, when you fail, is inevitable," said Judge Siraj Desai. "When you're the chairperson of the SABC, then you can't be unduly sensitive".

When Thabani Masuku tried to argue that Mbulaheni Maguvhe’s dignity is at stake, Judge Siraj Desai said "To be the last man standing [at the gutted and failed SABC board] is hardly a very dignified position".

5 December 2016: The only remaining member of the SABC board, Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe, says he will abide by the Western Cape High Court ruling and submit to the parliamentary inquiry looking into the fitness of the board he chairs.

5 December 2016: SABC CEO James Aguma refuses to hand over documents requested by the parliamentary ad hoc committee investigating SABC corruption and mismanagement.

The committee is assessing the fitness of the public broadcaster's board to hold office.

It wants to see the records of board discussions, the minutes of board meetings at which the reappointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as head of corporate affairs was approved, and the paperwork related to the controversial multimillion-rand MultiChoice deal.

Vincent Smith, the ANC MP who chairs the committee, said it was ready to go to court.

7 December 2016: SABC executive members, including chairman Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe, acting CEO James Aguma and chief executive of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng, walked out of parliament after refusing to hand over requested documents.

7 December 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng defends the SABC walkout of parliament

7 December 2016: Parliament is told that Icasa has laid criminal charges against the SABC for failing to adhere to a ruling it made regarding the withdrawal of its "protest policy".

8 December 2016: A former SABC board member, Ronnie Lubisi, tells Parliament's ad hoc committee that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi recommended in 2014 that acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's post be made permanent.

8 December 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng was the centre of power at the SABC during group CEO Lulama Mokhobo’s tenure, she told parliament. She said that there were many occasions where Motsoeneng had meetings with the then board chairperson Ben Ngubane, without her knowledge.

8 December 2016: Parliament decides to use its power of summons to get South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe to appear and testify before a parliamentary inquiry into the embattled broadcaster's affairs.

Maguvhe, who was set down to testify at 4pm on Thursday afternoon (8/12/2016), failed to appear before the ad hoc committee conducting the inquiry.

The chairman of the inquiry, Vincent Smith says that Prof Mbulaheni Maguvhe’s protest that his rights as a blind person had been violated is not a "legitimate argument".

8 December 2016: Former SABC Board member Vusi Mavuso tells parliament that Hlaudi Motsoeneng poses a common threat at the public broadcaster. He says that Broadcast Minister, Faith Muthambi amended key legislation in the SABC's memorandum of incorporation that took powers away from the board.

He said Muthambi's amendments, made after Hlaudi Motsoeneng had been named permanent chief operating officer in July 2014, gave the chief executive officer (CEO), the chief financial officer (CFO) and the chief operating officer (COO) powers to appoint group executive members.

The amendments needed the board's signature but only had Muthambi's, he said.

"The power to appoint group executives went from the board to the group executives," he told the committee.

9 December 2016: Phil Molefe, the former SABC head of news, shocks parliament when he tells of the links between the Guptas and Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Molefe said that when he failed to agree to a demand by the SABC chairmman Ben Ngubane that Motsoeneng’s salary be increased by half a million rand a year, Motsoeneng said he would ‘go to Pretoria’ that night.

Molefe's evidence also told MPs the story of how Motsoeneng went from a junior position as a producer at a radio current affairs show in the Free State to the office of the then CEO in 2010. "That appointment, also in my view, was irregular because he was literally airlifted from the Free State, straight parachuted into the office of the group CEO and given the title of general manager in the office of the group CEO and that position did not exist at the time." In 2011, Motsoeneng was again promoted to to goup executive: stakeholder relations and provinces. Molefe said the wife of Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, Phumelele Ntombela-Nzimande, whom he described as "very capable" and "excellent" was pushed aside to make room for Motsoeneng. "She was literally removed from her position to make way for Hlaudi Motsoeneng."

9 December 2016: Former SABC board member Krish Naidoo says Hlaudi Motsoeneng is "squatting" at the broadcaster. He told parliament that he could not understand why so many professionals are afraid of a "high school dropout". Naidoo said that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had acted unlawfully when she amended the SABC board's memorandum of incorporation.

"The problem with the MOI is that it was done in contravention of the Broadcasting Act and to some extent the Constitution," he told MPs.

The amendment needed the signatures of all the board members, but was only signed by Muthambi.

The board had no say, from then onward, with regard to group executive appointments, and was just informed of the decisions.

9 December 2016: Itani Tseisi, a former SABC group executive for risk and governance says the last three board chairpersons have been a disaster for the public broadcaster. He told Parliament's ad hoc committee looking onto the fitness of the SABC board that Mbulaheni Maguvhe, Ellen Tshabalala and Ben Ngubane's tenures had paled in comparison to previous chairpersons.

"The last three chairpersons of the board, I don't know how to describe them... disaster, I think it is," he said.

9 December 2016: R2K condemns the SABC board chairperson and executive management for the delaying tactics used by them to avoid being held to account.

9 December 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi reveals that the SABC has spent about a million rand a year for the past five years on overseas travel costs.

10 December 2016: SABC news bulletins are forced to broadcast a seven-minute song praising Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

10 December 2016: The SABC finally hands over requested documents to Parliament's ad hoc committee which is holding an inquiry on the fitness of the broadcaster's board.

Chairperson of the committee Vincent Smith told MPs that more than 400 documents were sent.

11 December 2016: In an editorial City Press praises the ad hoc committee for taking a firm stand against SABC abuses

11 December 2016: City Press reveals how Hlaudi Motsoeneng connived with Multichoice to effectively sell the SABC in return for a R30 million kickback.

11 December 2016: The Auditor General finds that SABC appointments were made to posts that had not been advertised; and those who got the jobs didn’t have the required qualifications or experience – and the SABC failed to procure goods or services through fair procurement processes, as required by law.

11 December 2016: A Sunday Independent editorial says the SABC rot ‘stinks to high heaven.’

12 December 2016: Former SABC group executive of human resources Jabulani Mabaso has told Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board that staff, even the CEOs, "knew where the power was"- Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

12 December 2016: Western Cape High Court rules that Hlaudi Motsoeneng cannot be employed unless the Public Protector’s report is taken on review or a new disciplinary peocess is undertaken. Mmusi Maimane says the only place for Motsoeneng is jail. A new court-ordered disciplinary committee needs to clear Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s name and a Public Protector’s report needs to be overturned on review for him to lawfully work at the SABC.

The new disciplinary committee will be chaired by a person ordered by the court, based on names submitted by the DA, the Public Protector and the SABC; and the parties have to agree to the candidate, the Western Cape High Court ruled on Monday.

12 December 2016: SABC hands over 400 documents to Parliament inquiry

12 December 2016: Former SABC chief technology officer Sipho Masinga tells Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board of how the Gupta’s tried to gain control of the SABC news division

Masinga told the inquiry that Nazeem Howa, former CEO of Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments, presented the SABC with a three-page document detailing plans for the company to take over the public broadcaster‘s news department.

Masinga said the meeting of SABC executives and Howa took place before ANN7‘s 2013 launch.

The SABC's former head of technology, Sipho Masinga, told parliament how, before ANN7 was launched as a MultiChoice channel, he was in a meeting with Nazeem Howa who had a 3-page document detailing how it wanted to take over, run and rebrand the SABC's news.

"I couldn't believe it," said Masinga. "The New Age wanted to take over and manage SABC News with the SABC that has to supply the staff. The New Age tried to take over SABC News and rebrand it".

"I knew if I opened the door (to the Guptas) that we were going to have problems." Sipho Masinga testified that Hlaudi Motsoeneng left the room just before The New Age document with the proposed take-over of SABC news was given to him.

ANN7 was later launched as Infinity Media's own TV news channel that belongs to Oakbay Investments, the same as The New Age.

Later during the day, the freelance SABC contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko – who was effectively fired as one of the so-called "#SABC8" earlier this year for speaking out against Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s TV news censorship decree – also slammed ANN7.

Vuyo Mvoko testified that money that should be coming to the SABC is being funneled to rival broadcaster ANN7 through the controversial The New Age Breakfast Briefings broadcast on SABC2's Morning Live.

"What SABC executives haven't informed you about is they have allowed SABC money to be used to build a rival channel – ANN7."

"Yet, the money the owners of TNA make, none of it – not a cent – goes to the SABC. From the millions they make through sponsorship, to the tables they sell at those breakfasts – they do not take any of that to the SABC except, perhaps, to the people who make things happen for them."

Vuyo Mvoko said Morning Live resources – SABC resources and budget – are diverted to pay for the production costs of the breakfast briefing broadcasts, while The New Age gets the money and dividends from the events.

Vuyo Mvoko said the SABC's TV news bulletins and current affairs programmes "are bleeding ARs (audience ratings)" because of the reputation and credibility damage the SABC has inflicted on its brand.

Mvoko said The New Age actually wanted to do more than just the breakfast briefings and proposed "provincial The New Age breakfast briefing broadcast weeks" that would financially cripple the SABC even more.

"Someone is being enriched further at the expense of the public broadcaster," said Vuyo Mvoko. "Corruption is taking place; the public broadcaster is being destroyed from within."

It is believed that Motsoeneng supported the plan.

The document proposed that SABC news be rebranded, that the SABC supply journalists, and that Gupta-controlled TNA retain advertising revenue. Masinga said he rejected the proposal.

Masinga and former SABC group human resources executive Jabulani Mabaso told the inquiry that Motsoeneng was the de facto CEO of the corporation.

Masinga said during his time as COO Motsoeneng met MultiChoice executives several times without the CEO being aware of it.

He said he refused to attend the meetings “because those meetings were not legal”.

Motsoeneng signed a controversial R550-million deal with

MultiChoice in 2013 that gave the private broadcaster access to the SABC‘s entire archive. Masinga said the SABC could have made R2-billion on the deal.

“This was really a sale of a national asset ... I can see ... we are killing this company.

12 December 2016: Testifying in the parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of the broadcaster and its board, former group executive: human resources, Jabulani Mabaso, told MPs how Motsoeneng, who just on Monday had his most recent senior appointment as group executive for corporate affairs declared unlawful by the courts, had instilled fear in him and other executives.

12 December 2016: Paul Herman’s Twitter feed from parliament on the SABC inquiry. The SABC livstreamed the hearing on YouTube. SABC reporters told of their victimsation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmpBtz1ew6o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OqBlUoRTzA Calata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hka9_Qnua7E Mvoko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hka9_Qnua7E#t=19.09462

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O_4j03Q1Bs Masinga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyvvFDYv1-w Muguvhe Geldenhuys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLyqkOLcvxU – Pillay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPv6zKEuCcU – Gubule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofvti6WWLjo – Nkosi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zVO8hPGe_I – Kalidass

http://www.ann7.com/parliament-sabc-board-inquiry-right-2-know-campaign/ - R2K

http://www.ann7.com/parliament-sabc-board-inquiry-media-monitoring-africa/ MMA

http://www.ann7.com/parliament-sabc-board-inquiry-soscoalition/ SOS Coalition

http://www.ann7.com/parliamentary-inquiry-into-sabc-board-continues/

12 December 2016: Parliament's SABC inquiry is told by former SABC general manager of labour relations Madiwe Nkosi that the State Security Agency was asked by the SABC board to investigate former group executive of risk and governance, Itani Tseisi, for allegedly having leaked information.

12 December 2016: Thandeka Gqubule tells parliament that Hlaudi Motsoeneng was a tyrant. She says that journalist Kgaogelo Magolego lost his job because of Faith Muthambi.

13 December 2016: SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata tells Parliament's SABC inquiry that Hlaudi Motsoeneng's reported relationship with President Jacob Zuma is "an open secret" at the broadcaster.

13 December 2016: SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe rates himself 8 out of 10 and says he is convinced that Hlaudi Motsoeneng has good leadership qualities but acknowledges that he has no knowledge of most of the pressing concerns at the SABC. The SABC executives at the meeting were criticised by Chairman of the parliamentary ad hoc committee conducting the inquiry, Vincent Smith. He said the problems at the SABC could be solved by firing everyone who did not agree with management pr who leaked information about the situation.

13 December 2016: R2K calls for the State Security Agency interfering in the affairs of the SABC and being called in to help Hlaudi Motsoeneng target perceived ‘threats’ within the organisation to be subpoenaed to appear before the parliamentary enquiry into the rot at the state broadcaster

13 December 2016: Support grows for Lotus FM over Hlaudi Motsoeneng local music policy.

13 December 2016: Professor Bongani Khumalo, who served on the SABC board from 2013 until January 2015 when he resigned, tells the parliamentary committee that Hlaudi Motsoeneng had “no tolerance for governance” and thought he could “manipulate” anyone to agree with him. “He is what you can call a type-A personality gone wrong,” said Khumalo.

13 December 2016: Mohlolo Lephaka apologises in parliament for calling the Ad Hoc Committee aKangeroo Court

14 December 2016: United Democratic Movement MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa discloses in parliament that one of the journalists who testified in the inquiry into the affairs of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) had received a threatening SMS message after her testimony.

Traitors protecting your white friends in Parliament who started this, telling lies about your comrades. You are warned, we don't kill blacks but sit and watch the blood flow. "

The threatened journalists are advised by the committee chairman, Vincent Smith to lay charges with the SAPS

14 December 2016: Belinda Bozzoli, the DA Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Training reveals that Mbulaheni Maguvhe, the chairman of the disgraced SABC board, obtaned his doctorate by dubious means.

14 December 2016: Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board is told that the SABC has had 12 CEOs in the past eight years.

Media Monitoring Africa's (MMA) William Bird said the SABC's deal granting MultiChoice access to its archives was problematic.

The archives were undersold at R553m over five years, which was small by broadcasting standards, yet former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng received a bonus for the work.

“That's the equivalent of rewarding a paedophile by giving him access to more children,” he said.

Bird addressed MMA's main task of monitoring media coverage at media outlets.

When researching 73 media outlets in the run-up to the 2016 local government elections, the SABC was slanted towards covering the ANC over the other parties, he said.

His colleague Thandi Smith told MPs that for the first time in their history of monitoring elections since 1994, they saw systemic bias in the SABC's coverage, and it was channel-specific.

On morning shows on SABC 1, 2 and 3, the ANC was accessed twice as much as the DA, and five times more than the EFF.

MMA’s definition of bias meant favouring of a political party, not giving opposition parties a chance to respond, and language used

14 December 2016: The Right2Know (R2K) campaign has told Parliament's inquiry into the fitness of the SABC board that the public broadcaster needs not only a new board, but also new mechanisms and a new communications minister to report to.

14 December 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi denies influencing the editorial policy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation as she briefed MPs conducting an inquiry into the public broadcaster's affairs.

"I've never interfered with the editorial policy decision of the SABC. I do not run SABC," Muthambi said.

Muthambi said that, in October, she objected to an SABC board recommendation to appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng as acting chief operating officer as it would have been in contempt of court.

She ducks, dives and dodges all questions relating to whether the sole remaining board member, SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe was suitable for the post.

She blames all problems at the SABC on the collective.

14 December 2016: Sanef applauds the courage of the SABC 8

15 December 2016: After hearing the testimony of former SABC board member Rachel Kalidass on 14 December, members of Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board's fitness to hold office express the belief that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi misled Parliament when she appeared before the committee on later the same day.

15 December 2016: ANC MP Juli Kilian raises concerns that SABC board minutes provided to Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the broadcaster's fitness might have been tampered with.

Kilian raised the issue during the testimony of former board member Rachel Kalidass before the ad hoc committee on 15 December.

DA MP Phumzile van Damme told News24 afterwards that if true, it was appalling that people under oath would come to Parliament and doctor minutes.

She said it would be perjury if that was the case, and criminal charges should be laid.

15 December 2016: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi issues a media statement absolving herself from any blame in the current management crisis at the SABC, and instead lays the dysfunction of the board at Parliament's door. Her spokesman, Ayanda Hollow, issues a statement, headlined Minister Faith Muthambi disrupts dominant narratives and exposes media hypocrisy in his own name in which he describes the process in parliament as a media-inspired witchhunt against his boss: saying that South Africans have ‘…become accustomed to media's misrepresentation of facts. He then goes on to say the SABC inquiry has ‘the year's LAST political grandstanding which by its nature involves obfuscation of facts and peddling of half-truths, to say nothing of display of ignorance.’

15 December 2016: Evidence emerges that the SABC’s lawyer Lucky Thekisho was recently convicted of making fraudulent representations. Ad hoc committee chairperson Vincent Smith said Thekisho Incorporated Attorneys owed Parliament "big time" for wasting taxpayers' money and stalling the process.

He also questioned on whose authority and in which capacity Thekisho was representing the broadcaster, as the board is currently inquorate and without decision-making abilities.

15 December 2016: Phumzile Van Damme, DA Shadow Minister of Communications, sums up some of the more significant evidence presented to Parliament's ad hoc committee examining SABC corruption:

  • The SABC brought in the State Security Agency to investigate and intimidate staff (something which never happened under the National Party goverment ;
  • The SABC 8 continued to receive death threats, with no action from the Minister of Communications, the SABC board and management;
  • The Gupta-owned New Age attempted to take over and “re-brand” the SABC’s news division;
  • The SABC paid for the New Age’s breakfast briefings, an effective laundering of public money for the benefit of the Guptas;
  • Hlaudi Motsoeneng appeared to have protection from President Jacob Zuma and threatened staff with an authority located in Pretoria;
  • The SABC Chairperson, Mbulaheni Maguvhe, appeared to be completely oblivious of the major issues facing the SABC;
  • Minister Muthambi interfered in the coverage of news and in the affairs of the board; and
  • There was explicit and unprecedented bias in news coverage towards the ANC during the most recent local government elections.

Ms van Damme cncluded:

It is disappointing that despite being given the opportunity to refute all claims, the SABC’s current executive team, under the leadership of Acting GCEO, James Aguma, elected not to present itself to the committee to tell its side of the story, and explain to the public how their license fees have been spent. We will push for this to happen early next year, along the expected appearances of former board Chairs, Ellen Tshabalala, and Dr Ben Ngubane.

We trust that the tough, no-holds barred manner in which the SABC Ad Hoc committee conducted hearings is a cautionary tale for all other SOEs. You will be caught. You will be held accountable. We trust that this is not a once-off occurrence and will happen in all other committees in Parliament.

The DA will now plough through the 577 documents provided by the SABC to Ad Hoc committee with the view of getting to the bottom of what has happened at the SABC, to devise concrete steps about what needs to happen to fix the SABC, and to hold those responsible accountable.

15 December 2016: eNCA wraps up important moments in the ad hoc committee hearings

15 December 2016: Outa lays criminal charges against Hlaudi Motsoeneng

16 December 2016: Pierre de Vos analyses the ruling by the Western Cape High Court that Hlaudi Motsoeneng may, for the time being, “not hold any position at all at the SABC”. This means that the court ordered the suspension of Motsoeneng as an employee of the SABC and that he is not permitted to go to the SABC to do any work.

17 December 2016: Weekend Argus columnist, Andrew Donaldson, reveals more about the background of Faith Muthambi:

In 2005, when she was municipal manager at Makhado in Limpopo, Muthambi was arrested for allegedly selling a luxury car belonging to the council. Charges of fraud were dropped after two appearances in the local district court.

She later came under scrutiny following an inquiry into tender fraud and charges of nepotism. Muthambi had allegedly overpaid a construction company said to be owned by a boyfriend for a road construction project it failed to execute, and had appointed a cousin as a municipal librarian without following due process.

In 2008, she was suspended with full pay during which time she also claimed a performance bonus of more than R80000. She successfully challenged her suspension, returned to work – but then resigned when it was announced she had been deployed to Parliament, where she was inaugurated as a new MP in May 2009.

17 December 2016: More than a hundred members of the cast of of the SABC3 soapie, High Rollers, have been left unemployed after it was abruptly taken off the air

18 December 2016: The Sunday Times reveals that the SABC’s attempts to cover the Castro funeral was a comedy of errors.

19 December 2016: SABC board chairman Dr Mbulaheni Maguvhe resigns. This is welcomed by the Portfolio Committee on Communications and the office of the ANC Chief Whip. Political parties say that he must still face the consequences of his arrogance. The SOS coalition says parliament must act urgently to fill the leadership vacuum.

20 December 2016: Eye Witness news says it has documentary proof, released by a whistle blower that a multi-million rand contract between the SABC and a company called Vision View was allegedly concluded outside all governance processes. The SABC says it cannot comment until the parliamentary investigation is completed. Hlaudi Motsoeneng refuses to comment.

20 December 2016: Former defence minister Charles Nqakula apologises to one of the SABC 8 journalists, Lukhanyo Calata, for not being the critical voice needed during the unfolding saga at the public broadcaster.

21 December 2016: OUTA says it is vindicated by a whistle blower report about a R40 million SABC studio scam vindicates its laying of charges.

21 December 2016: Hlaudi Motsoeneng calls himself the most powerful man in South Africa

22 December 2016: Former minister Charles Nqakula has writes an open letter of apology to Lukhanyo Calata, one of the SABC 8

25 December 2016: The Sunday Times reveals more details of how the SABC spied on staff members using South Africa’s security establishment.

25 December 2016: Method minister Alan Storey reveals how SABC radio station, SAFM, has censored his Xmas sermon to remove references to Fezekile Kuzwayo, the woman who had accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

30 December 2016: The Sunday Times makes Hlaudi Motsoeneng its Mampara of the Year