Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, says he stands by decision to ban broadcasting visuals of violent protests.
JOHANNESBURG - The decision to ban broadcasting the visuals of violent protests was right.
So says former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
He's refusing to fall on his sword about the controversial decision or take responsibility for any of the subsequent suspensions and firings of journalists who questioned it.
Motsoeneng's second day at the state capture inquiry was almost all about a 2014 decision to stop giving airtime to anti-government service-delivery protests.
He says he didn't explicitly ban anything… they just wouldn't show the full picture.
"When a journalist goes there, they can cover it. Have the records, but not show those pictures. The act says do not 'glamouratise'. You will show but responsibly so," he said.
Motsoeneng says he never fired anyone.
"Many people were supposed to be dismissed, Chair. When management wants to dismiss them, they go and use my name Chairperson," Motsoeneng said.
His evidence continues on Thursday.