The PhalaPhala FM employees alleged that Motsoeneng changed the relocation from a month to a week, giving them only three days to move to Thohoyandou without considering the welfare of their families in Polokwane where most of them have been residing.
Motsoeneng confirmed that the timeframe to relocate PhalaPhala FM was changed but said that was due to the fact that the studios were finished early.
"We couldn't wait because the studios were finished before the September deadline, and besides all staff members were asked if they would like to volunteer to relocate earlier and most of them said they have been waiting for that. Nobody was forced to move. They are the ones who were coming to me saying that they want to move before the deadline and our service provider was also working very fast on the studios, and we allowed them to move," said Motsoeneng.
When asked if employees will be compensated relocation fees, Motsoeneng was reluctant to answer. "I think you can get a proper answer from HR, but the SABC has policies dealing with that," he said.
Motsoeneng said the move had nothing to do with politics but about doing the right thing to bring the station close to the people of Venda