Black First Land First (BLF) reaffirms its unwavering support for Comrade Hlaudi Motsoeneng – a proponent of radical transformation and the only pro-black activist who managed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
We will be supporting Cde Hlaudi through his case with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). To this end we will be standing with him, in solidarity, when the CCMA hears closing arguments from both parties (Hlaudi and SABC) tomorrow.
Further details of the matter before the CCMA are as follows:
It is alarming that the SABC is employing external legal services to represent it in the CCMA proceedings against Hlaudi while it has a legal department with the necessary expertise to do the job. How can the SABC complain about being broke yet it engages in wasteful and criminal expenditure to the tune of millions of rands to hire a service that it is already capacitated with? This is serious abuse of state resources to the benefit of pro white monopoly capital (WMC) law firms. BLF calls on the state broadcaster to publicly disclose how much it has spent on proceedings from the time it had unlawfully dismissed Hlaudi until now.
When Hlaudi took over the state broadcaster it was in shambles. It was unable to settle its loan of R1.4 billion with Nedbank but through Hlaudi’s intervention the debt was liquidated. It must also be stated that during Hlaudi’s tenure the SABC board did not seek any bailout from the government. Moreover, through Hlaudi’s leadership a plan was devised for the SABC to meaningfully serve black business and generate more income for the state broadcaster.
It is clear that Hlaudi is being persecuted for trying to implement changes that will benefit the masses. In this regard the broadcasting of 90% local content and other policies that would have minimized the influence of WMC in the SABC are very significant articulations of Comrade Hlaudi
BLF further calls on all progressive organisations and individuals to support and defend Comrade Hlaudi from the enemies of progress.
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
15 August 2018
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