'Hlaudi belongs in jail!'- 5FM DJ Rob Forbes slams former SABC boss

14 December 2018 - 09:58 By Kyle Zeeman
5FM DJ Rob Forbes has labelled Hlaudi as "incompetent".
5FM DJ Rob Forbes has labelled Hlaudi as "incompetent".
Image: Instagram/ Rob Forbes

As former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng plans a return to the spotlight as a politician, national radio presenter Rob Forbes has claimed that Hlaudi should be jailed for the mess he put the broadcaster and its staff through.

The 5FM radio jock served under Hlaudi and took to Twitter on Thursday to claim that the businessman and politician created a toxic environment that has continued to destroy lives long after his departure.

"Hlaudi belongs in prison. He created an environment so toxic a journalist died from the stress. He bankrupted an organisation. He's about to cost thousands of people a livelihood."

He went on to label Hlaudi as the most incompetent person he has met.

"As a media professional, he's the most incompetent person I've ever heard from."

Rob explained that Hlaudi's 90 percent local music quota instituted in 2016, "broke" the SABC and led to a mass exodus of advertisers and audiences. An SABC interim board later claimed that the decision cost the broadcaster R200m.

"We who were here know. Audiences disappeared overnight. Advertisers left. Because you know what, turns out you can't dictate to audiences. You have to reflect to audiences. That's an absolute basic. But he's too incompetent to know that," Rob said.

Rob slammed the policy and said it interfered with how radio should work.

"Radio's job has never been to develop artist's careers. It's not PR. It's a business. True story," he said, as the conversation turned to payola and local music.

Hlaudi was in the news this week after he appeared on the SABC to address some of the claims against him. He also launched his own political party, the African Content Movement.

His political policies include reducing social grants and forcing foreign companies to exit SA.

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