Hlaudi on his relationship with Guptas: I was capturing the private sector

Hlaudi Motsoeneng has claimed his relationship with the Gupta brothers was part of his efforts to “capture the private sector.

The former chief operating officer (COO) at South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was testifying at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday.

He admitted to having a close relationship with the Guptas, who are alleged to have captured the state.

Motsoeneng said he was at the Gupta residence “countless times” and used to “enjoy curry” there.

We would fly to all these provinces with the Guptas, even to Cape Town, because we were in a partnership and they had everything. For me, it was an opportunity to also capture them.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

90% local content

Motsoeneng also defended his decision to introduce a “90% local content” policy at SABC in order to promote local artistes and actors.

He said he was about to sign a contract with “international content providers” before he was dismissed.

This contract would have enabled the inclusion of local actors in acting platforms internationally, he added.

No interference

The ex-COO also defended himself against claims of interference in the editorial newsroom at SABC.

He said he was only adhering to the Broadcasting Act in order to shield the public from certain visuals, such as protests.

He gave the example of the recent unrest in Gauteng, suggesting that retaliations in Nigeria were a direct result of visuals from local broadcasters.

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