Journalists should be licensed: SABC boss

SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has proposed that journalists have a licence to practise.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has proposed that journalists have a licence to practise like those in the medical and law professions, the broadcaster reported on Thursday.

Motsoeneng said journalists who acted unprofessionally should be stripped of their licences.

“You know when you are a journalist, you are a professional journalist. If you don’t have ethics and principles and you mislead on your reporting, like lawyers … if you commit any mistake they take your licence,” he was quoted as saying.

“We should do the same thing with journalists, that is what we need to do if we want to build South Africa.”

He was speaking at the annual Joburg Radio Days at Wits University in Johannesburg.

Democratic Alliance MP and spokesman on communications Gavin Davis said Motsoeneng’s remarks were “not the considered opinions of a responsible and independent public broadcasting professional”.

“They are the senseless ramblings of a man hell-bent on presenting Jacob Zuma’s ANC in a positive light amid the litany of corruption scandals that dog his presidency,” Davis said.

“Motsoeneng’s comments explain why he is still in his job some 45 days after the public protector’s deadline to have him removed from office. He is being protected because, as a loyal cadre, he is doing what he has been deployed to do.”

In February, public protector Thuli Madonsela released a report “When governance and ethics fail” that found Motsoeneng’s appointment irregular. Among other things, his salary increased from R1,5m to R2,4m in one year.

She found he misrepresented his qualifications, that he passed matric, to the SABC, and recommended he be replaced.

“There is no reason for Motsoeneng to still be at the SABC, and every reason to relieve him of his duties,” said Davis. “The public protector found that he had lied about his qualifications and that he awarded himself irregular pay increases up to R2,4m. Under his tenure, the SABC has hit rock bottom, earning a disclaimer of opinion from the auditor-general.”  — (c) 2014 NewsCentral Media, with Sapa

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  • Earl Bosch

    Its called “freedom of the press”, not “lets do what Mugabe does”

  • Pasco_e

    This is very rich coming from someone who submitted fake qualifications which even if considered would not have shortlisted him for the job of SABC COO. Let’s start there Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng and then work down the line. Sir.

  • monocular

    And so it starts………………………………….

  • Bananaboy

    Who gives a crap what you suggest you unethical excuse for a human being.

  • IamSpy_

    interesting piece by this journalist…. what is the point of this piece exactly, is it that the man has made a possibly good suggestion or that he does not deserve the role he is fulfilling or perhaps it is another character assassination plot (hmmmm, journalism as part of a strategy to discredit at all costs). My point, this is poor reporting no matter how you look at it.

  • Davebee

    He took the job under false pretences, and in this he’s been caught out by the Public Protector, he should have NEVER been given the post in the first place.
    This individual has NOT got the qualifications for this position and he should be prosecuted for making false statements if he claimed to hold the qualifications he said he had. He’s also being paid by you and me, he’s not in a private firm he’s a civil servant.
    Let’s see his job application in detail, if he’s all for honesty let’s see how he got appointed and by WHOM.
    By the way his English is too dreadful, the head of a COMMUNICATIONS operation should speak and write fluent English.
    If you like this type of dodgy COO then you pay him.
    As to the article itself, what’s wrong with it? It’s a straight piece of journalism, nothing more, nothing less. It’s a report, that’s what REPORTERS do.
    If you also want the Hlaudi’s of the ANC cabal to monitor and licence/censor our news then you would feel right at home with Nazi Germany.

  • IamSpy_

    Nice one Davebee, looks like you missed the point just as much.

  • Davebee

    Journalists are not destroying South Africa, the ANC untouchables are doing that all on their own thank you, together with militant and violent strikers intent on not only destroying the economy but civilization itself
    If you feel unhappy that journalists are pointing out this unfortunate truth then maybe you could apply for Hlaudi’s big swivel chair when he finally gets the push. (Don’t hold your breath waiting though, he’s another ANC untouchable).

  • IamSpy_

    Get some help mate. Seriously, speak to someone.

  • Davebee

    I got the help I need…I don’t listen to or watch Hlaudi’s SABC.
    Now I feel better already MATE.

  • Kyle Cowan

    Okay…so then journalist will be bound by law and existing ethics to take apart corrupt officials. Or as soon as a word is written about some official doing something wrong, your license will be stripped. Laughable. He should go back to school and finish his basic education. Either remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

  • MelcolmX

    Another ignorant with zero experience and no ethics! Not Racists! but ship his black ass out! We need intelligence running this country not a bunch of Zumas! We need at audit on experience an education in Government!

  • Tuesday Is Soylent Green Day

    When he was born, his mother should have been arrested for dumping toxic waste.

  • Heirich Austerlitz

    I propose that all ANC member, be licensed. We have too many ANC members making stupid remarks. Once we license them, we’ll attach a electronic device around the ANC member’s member and neck. Then we’ll give all intelligent people a remote control. If the ANC member makes a stupid remark, you press the button and both his head and his balls will roll! That way, we’ll get rid of stupid ANC members within 30 minutes, and those who follow (after the first 40million) whould think carefully before talking crap.

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