Johannesburg - SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng should continue to transform the public broadcaster and should remain in his position, says Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) president Zizamele Cebekhulu.
The union leader took a swipe at the ANC’s subcommittee communications chairman Jackson Mthembu on Friday for calling out Motsoeneng for banning the airing of the destruction of public property.
Cebekhulu was addressing over 500 delegates at Popcru’s three-day central executive committee meeting in Johannesburg.
Mthembu said the SABC lacked managerial expertise at the highest level, and called on Communication Minister Faith Muthambi to hold an inquiry.
“You just don’t talk about rights no matter who you are. Rights must be contextualised,” said Cebekhulu.
“We are surprised that people in Parliament are interpreting rights, even our own Jackson Mthembu is going on about the rights. He can’t be the one to stand up and say Hlaudi Motsoeneng is wrong,” said Cebekhulu to loud applause from delegates.
“He can’t follow the descending voices that say ‘burning of country must be publicised’.”
He encouraged union members to support Motsoeneng.
“We say Hlaudi Motsoeneng must continue to transform the public broadcaster and he needs to be supported,” he said.