MOTSOENENG APPROVES R167M CONTRACT WITH COMPANY CO-OWNED BY ZUMA’S DAUGHTER – REPORT
A report says Hlaudi Motsoeneng reversed a decision by a panel not to renew ‘Uzalo’ after the first season.
JOHANNESBURG – The Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that the SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng overruled his staff approving a R167 million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube.
The paper says the SABC COO reversed a decision by a review panel not to renew the Uzalo drama after the first season.
This comes as more protests are being planned against the SABC after Motsoeneng intervened editorially suspending a number of journalists.
The newspaper says after the first series a six member review panel was concerned that there was no clear business plan for the production and the budget was about 10 times that of a 13 part production.
Added to this, there had also been problems with writing, aesthetics and delivery in the first season.
However, the paper says that when Motsoeneng heard that the next series had not been approved he intervened and a three-year contract was signed within a week.
Insiders say the SABC is facing a cash crises and is negotiating loans of R1.5 billion.
They say one of the reasons is increased programming costs.
The SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago told the Sunday Times that the broadcaster does not discuss its contractual matters in the public space.