DA to probe how much the “Thanks SABC” song cost

Not impressed with the SABC’s commissioning of its 90% local music appreciation song, the DA has said it will probe the costs behind it.

This comes after the national broadcaster released “Thank You SABC”, a song dedicated to itself and COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for taking the decision to have all 18 national radio stations play 90% local music over a three month trial period.

Added to that is the revelation by Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, that  R7.5 million has been spent over two years on the broadcaster’s in-house choir.

“According to the reply R3.745 million and R 3.78 million has been budgeted for the SABC choir for the 2015/16, and 2016/17 financial years respectively. In 2014/15, R3 million was spent,” DA spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme said on the party’s blog.

“The DA last year revealed that the SABC choir sings songs in praise of SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng in staff meetings with the lyrics “Hlaudi Motsoeneng reya o leboha” (“Hlaudi Motsoeneng we thank you”),” van Damme added.

The DA has called for the disbandment of the choir due to the “unnecessary costs” incurred on the broadcaster.

“The choir is not the only body at the SABC forced to sing Mr Motseoeneng’s praises. SABC stations have been instructed to play on high rotation a song by Mzwakhe Mbuli and other local artists praising Motsoeneng for his 90% local content decision. The DA will submit parliamentary questions to determine the costs associated with commissioning this song,” van Damme said.

The full “Thank You SABC” video and audio download were meant to be available for download, but have not yet been made public.

[Source – DA]


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