Hlaudi sets his new party in mo­tion ‘Probe won’t cost us’

State cap­ture in­quiry ap­pear­ance won’t chase votes away – Manyi


HLAUDI Mot­soe­neng is build­ing on the mo­men­tum of his 90% lo­cal con­tent drive as he sets his new po­lit­i­cal party, African Con­tent Move­ment (ACM), in mo­tion.

“I was en­cour­aged by the bold de­ci­sions I took at the SABC to change the lives of or­di­nary peo­ple…

“I still want to pur­sue what I pur­sued at the SABC, but now I am go­ing to pur­sue all these (other) is­sues. I am not gonna leave the SABC out­side the 90% be­cause they are part of sta­te­owned en­ter­prises,” said Mot­soe­neng.

He ac­cused the ANC of col­lud­ing with other par­ties to oust him from the pub­lic broad­caster. “In my view, they (ANC) were sup­posed to sup­port me be­cause they know I want to change the lives of or­di­nary peo­ple.”

Mean­while, ANC act­ing na­tional spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa said the party had more se­ri­ous is­sues to fo­cus on than Mot­soe­neng.

“I think Hlaudi takes him­self se­ri­ously, and I don’t know any­one who takes him se­ri­ously. We don’t have time to plot to re­move Hlaudi. The mess he made at the SABC is Hlaud­ism.

“We are deal­ing with his mess. The only se­ri­ous peo­ple who left the ANC are Cope, and they are promi­nent. The rest are Mickey Mouse,” said Kodwa.

Mot­soe­neng said the ACM was launched due to pop­u­lar de­mand.

“I didn’t just launch a party. When I’d go around the streets, in­di­vid­u­als would ap­proach me and ask why I was not form­ing my own po­lit­i­cal party be­cause they know what I stand for. They’re aware that I am try­ing to im­ple­ment change in their lives.”

Mot­soe­neng lamented that the ANC gov­ern­ment had failed to take charge of the econ­omy 25 years af­ter the dawn of democ­racy.

“The econ­omy is not in our hands, be­cause gov­ern­ment is con­fused on how to deal with so-called em­pow­er­ment. Our em­pow­er­ment is not black or white be­cause the ACM is a non-racial move­ment. But what we are clear on is that the ma­jor­ity must ben­e­fit with­out any fear and favour.

“We must take rad­i­cal de­ci­sions to em­power the ma­jor­ity… Black peo­ple are the ma­jor­ity in South Africa.”

One of the party’s rad­i­cal de­ci­sions would be reg­u­lat­ing how for­eign in­vestors did busi­ness in South Africa.

“We are say­ing our min­er­als must be owned by South Africans. But we can part­ner with (for­eign in­vestors) so they trans­fer skills to our peo­ple.” FOR­MER gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Mzwanele Manyi is adamant his ap­pear­ance be­fore the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into State Cap­ture will not cost his new party votes.

Manyi re­cently threw his weight be­hind the African Trans­for­ma­tion Move­ment (ATM).

Speak­ing to The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Manyi said he was there to dis­pel claims that mil­lions were chan­nelled to Gupta-owned me­dia en­ti­ties dur­ing his ten­ure as chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GCIS).

“It was not like I ap­peared be­cause I stole money or did any­thing.

“My ap­pear­ance was based on the fact that I dis­man­tled the bid ad­ju­di­ca­tion com­mit­tee and I gave rea­sons be­cause that bid was cor­rupt, and I pro­duced ev­i­dence to show that,” said Manyi.

He high­lighted that he did not leave his po­lit­i­cal home of decades (the ANC) due to the out­come of the 54th na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence.

“If NDZ (Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) came in and im­ple­mented is­sues of trans­for­ma­tion projects there’d be no prob­lem. But if she came and we still had the same lack­lus­tre per­for­mance, I would have left. I love ATM be­cause they are do­ing ex­actly what I was go­ing to do,” he said.

He then pointed out that the de­ci­sion to dump the ANC was trig­gered by the party’s ways in 2018, a year in which he be­lieves it was found want­ing. “The party dis­torted res­o­lu­tions taken at the Nas­rec con­fer­ence in 2017 like to ex­pro­pri­ate land with­out com­pen­sa­tion. The ANC also aban­doned the res­o­lu­tion for the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of the SA Re­serve Bank and the for­ma­tion of a state bank.”

Mean­while, ANC act­ing na­tional spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa said Manyi had a right to leave the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“We live in a con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy. I don’t think we must pun­ish peo­ple for mak­ing choices.

“How­ever, over the re­cent pe­riod, all peo­ple who founded their own or­gan­i­sa­tions spoke as though they rep­re­sent the core val­ues of the ANC.

“But be­cause they didn’t achieve what they wanted in the ANC, then they de­cided to go and form their own po­lit­i­cal par­ties.”

Manyi’s ac­qui­si­tion of then Gup­taowned me­dia as­sets (ANN7 and The New Age), was dealt a blow when the pa­per was forced into liq­ui­da­tion and Mul­tiChoice did not re­new the broad­cast li­cence.

“I was hounded out of busi­ness be­cause of pol­i­tics, and that’s why we have to fix the pol­i­tics,” he said.

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