The SABC has broadcast a song, patting itself on the back and praising COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for his policy to play 90% local music across the group’s radio stations.
The song was broadcast by the SABC effectively thanking itself and COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for its own policy to put 90% local music on all its radio stations.
While the policy is temporary, for now, the controversial SABC head said that his vision is to make it a permanent order, with TV to follow a similar path soon.
The song was performed by the SABC’s in-house choir, as well as other local artists “giving thanks, to the 90% local music quota on its radio stations,” the broadcaster said.
The SABC’s choir has been a massive point of contention in Parliament, with reports that millions of rands are being spent to fund the group, while the broadcaster faces pressing financial issues.
The SABC has spent R7.5 million on its in-house choir over the last two years, according to a parliamentary reply received by the DA, with plans to spend R3.78 million more during the 2016/17 financial year.
In addition to praising itself for its own policies, the choir has been known to sing songs of praise for SABC Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, in staff meetings, with the lyrics “Hlaudi Motsoeneng reya o leboha” (“Hlaudi Motsoeneng we thank you”).
Notably, the public broadcaster faced a loss of R501 million in the 2015 financial year, leading opposition party the Democratic Alliance to call for the choir’s immediate disbandment.
“It makes absolutely no sense for the SABC to have an in-house choir, particularly if it exists to inflate Mr Motsoeneng’s ego. There are plenty of talented choirs in South Africa that can be commissioned by the SABC should the need arise.”
“The fact is that the SABC cannot afford unnecessary extravagances such as its own choir,” the party said.