SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has made the decision not to axe SoccerZone and its hosts, Minnie Dlamini and Thomas Mlambo.
“It didn’t make sense to get rid of a programme that was doing well as compared with other magazine shows. You can’t compare Soccer Zone with Generations and later make a decision that it’s not doing well and the numbers are going down. It’s doing better than SuperSport,” Motsoeneng said.
According to Sunday World, Motsoeneng denied suggestions that he had a soft spot for Dlamini.
“I saved Minnie Dlamini and Soccer Zone, but not because she is a special case or anything. I have saved Bonang Matheba and Robert Marawa before. As the SABC we believe that when our talent is not doing well or have issues, we cannot kick them out. It’s our responsibility as SABC to provide guidance to our talent to ensure that they remain in the stable,” he said.
Dlamini’s publicist Jarred Doyle said: “Minnie is a very talented person and her relationship with the SABC is a solid and mutual one.”
“There’s no special relationship between Mr Motsoeneng and Minnie,” said Doyle.