And we want to establish both the principle and practice of that independence now.
The basis of this approach was openly articulated in the ANC’s stated objective of gaining controls of all in South African society and the means of achieving this was through cadre deployment – as the SABC boards in the Mbeki era and thereafter illustrate.
Here is how Gareth van Onselen, then Director of Communications with the Democratic Alliance but now a columnist for ‘ANC spokesperson Joel Netshitenzhe, writing in the ANC publication Umrabulo in 1997, defined transformation as ‘extending the power of the ‘National Liberation Movement’ over all levers of power: the army, the police, the bureaucracy, intelligence structures, the judiciary, parastatal, and agencies such as regulatory bodies, the public broadcaster, the central bank and so on.‘The ANC offered a progress report on its goal of controlling the SABC in its 1999 document ‘Accelerating Change: Assessing the Balance of Forces in 1999’ It states: ‘The transformation of the SABC did take much longer than we thought and more needs to be done at middle management level.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng, currently (2013) acting Chief Operating Officer of the SABC, its second most powerful executive earning R2.2-million annually, joins the SABC in Bloemfontein.
He provides the SABC with a form which stated that he had done his matric in 1991 at Metsi Matsho High School.
“The last straw for the DP was a lengthy insert in the 8pm bulletin on SABC3 on Sunday, September 19, 1999 reviewing the ANC's performance since June in the first 100 days of the new Government.” Zikalala responds by saying that the SABC “would never become the voice of government”.