Johannesburg - The Zondo commission has heard testimony about former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's unrelenting attempts to interfere with the public broadcaster's editorial mandate, going as far as banning analysis.
The inquiry on Thursday saw the testimony of SABC employees who were known as the “SABC 8”.
First on the stand was Krivani Pillay, an executive producer at SA FM, who told the inquiry how her radio show The Editors was canned 48 hours after Motsoeneng became a topic of discussion on the show.
Pillay explained that days before the show aired Motsoeneng had taken the controversial decision to ban the airing of violent protests from SABC programmes. She said the decision was discussed on The Editors, a media programme that discusses the industry.
Pillay said 48 hours after the insert aired, she and a colleague Jakob Krige were called into a meeting with Motsoeneng. The meeting was attended by other SABC executives including Jimmi Mattews who was the acting CEO at the time.