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Live stream: Hlaudi Motsoeneng in State Capture Inquiry showdown [video]

Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the State Capture Inquiry – you know it’s going to be blockbuster stuff, don’t you? The ex-SABC supremo has got a lot to answer for.

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One of the most hotly-anticipated days on the State Capture Inquiry’s calendar has arrived this week, as Hlaudi Motsoeneng prepares to tell the commission about his time as SABC chief.

Hlaudi remains as one of the most controversial characters in South African pop-culture. That doesn’t mean he’s winning any popularity contests soon, though. Motsoeneng formed and lead a political party in the 2019 Elections which ended up with less than 0.04% of the total vote share.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the State Capture Inquiry – what to expect:

It seems the appetite for the broadcast guru is waning across the board, too. Several witnesses have told the State Capture Inquiry that Hlaudi Motsoeneng was a negative influence on the SABC newsroom, and frequently interfered with the editorial process. Last week, he was accused of firing people who “got in his way”.

Hlaudi has already admitted to receiving more than R1 million from corrupt security services company Bosasa, and he goes into the Zondo Commission with little integrity remaining. His disaster-class at the top of the SABC pyramid plunged the company into R500 million’s worth of debt, alienating clients in the process.

Motsoeneng introduced the “90% local content” rule, on for it to fall flat on its face. SABC never truly recovered from the loss of earnings and sponsorship, putting them on the backfoot for the past few years.

Justice for SABC?

To the best of their ability, the panel at the State Capture Inquiry must now attempt to hold Hlaudi to account – a task that is easier said than done. The public figure is known for spinning a yarn or two, and he may take a leaf out of Jacob Zuma’s playbook for the rest of this week.

The former president spent the first three hours of his appearance at the commission slating his critics, and claiming there was a conspiracy against him. Zuma said his piece, and by Wednesday, he was throwing his toys out of the pram when the line of inquiry left uBaba and his legal team stumped.

We can expect Hlaudi to “play ball” while proceedings are on his terms. But don’t expect that carefully-crafted public persona to prevail if the going gets tough.

Meanwhile, former SABC board chair Ben Ngubane used his turn in the hot-seat to praise Hlaudi Motsoeneng for his “people skills” and his “success” as a stakeholder manager. These words would have been music to Hlaudi’s ears – and they’ve come from a local source, which is always a bonus for him.

Watch Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the State Capture Inquiry here:

(Stream will appear from 10:00 onwards)