Heavy meme weather for Hlaudi

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - WEEK­END AR­GUS RE­PORTERS

HLAUDI Mot­soe­neng has al­ways been a char­ac­ter.

He is the king of quotable quotes and the archetype of a Te­flon man.

South Africans were stunned this week when the SABC ap­pointed him head of cor­po­rate af­fairs, soon after the Supreme Court of Ap­peal had ruled his ap­point­ment as chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer was un­law­ful, and had dis­re­spected the rule of law.

Not only was he reap­pointed, but the pub­lic broad­caster also re­warded Mot­soe­neng with a whop­ping R11.4 mil­lion bonus for sell­ing its archives to Mul­tiChoice.

This time, how­ever, the ANC was livid.

The party’s chief whip Jack­son Mthembu de­scribed the “shenani­gans” and “mess-ups” at the SABC as an “em­bar­rass­ment”.

The mat­ter is said to be a top dis­cus­sion point that may cause se­ri­ous di­vi­sions at the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee this week­end.

The board is due to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee next Wed­nes­day, and should the in­quiry find wrong­do­ing, the com­mit­tee can rec­om­mend the board be dis­solved.

On Thurs­day Mot­soe­neng an­nounced that the SABC had posted a loss of R411m for 2015/16, after a loss of R400m last year.

The year be­fore that, the SABC posted a loss of more than R500m.

But its new head of cor­po­rate af­fairs was un­fazed, say­ing the SABC was “not in the busi­ness of mak­ing a profit”, and that its man­date was that of pub­lic ser­vice.

South Africans were ap­palled, with many tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their dis­gust with Mot­soe­neng and the cur­rent board mem­bers.

But no “em­bar­rass­ment” or “mess-up” is com­plete with­out a meme.

Dozens were posted on Twit­ter and Face­book this week.

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