Controversial South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) group executive of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng says there is no basis to suggest he is harming the public broadcaster. On Wednesday, the High Court in Cape Town is due to hear an application brought by the DA to have Motsoeneng removed from the SABC. The DA argues that Motsoeneng is an "unethical, manipulative fraudster who has destroyed any semblance of good corporate governance at the SABC". However, in his court papers, Motsoeneng said "the facts show that my employment at the SABC has been beneficial to the SABC". "I highlight that on my appointment as acting chief operations officer in 2011, I led a turnaround strategy that [reversed] the SABC’s dismal financial state which had reached levels requiring National Treasury to provide it with R1bn guarantee, and in the process saved over 800 jobs…. "Indeed, I mention that the first time that the SABC realised any profit was in 2013 under my stewardship when the SAB...

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