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.