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Hlaudi is not going anywhere

Hlaudi Motsoeneng (image courtesy of the Mail & Guardian)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng (image courtesy of the Mail & Guardian)

Former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng will remain an employee at the public broadcaster, SABC board chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe said on Tuesday.

“Mr Motsoeneng is still an employee. He would be going back to the position he held which is GE of corporate affairs, and that is his previous position.”

Maguvhe said there was a perception in the media and among politicians that the SABC did not respect the courts and the public protector’s office.

“Today is the day I want to put the record straight. That record is that there is a perception being created by opposition parties and media that the SABC doesn’t respect our legal institutions. We respect our legal institutions. Among them the [public protector’s]office and the courts.”

Maguvhe said the SABC followed recommendations from public protector Thuli Madonsela but the Democratic Alliance was dissatisfied with the outcome because it had its own agenda.

“We adhered to that advice… Unfortunately, when things do not go your way, you think processes were not followed. After that disciplinary hearing, the DA says it was a white wash. When the DA wins cases, I don’t cry and say it was a whitewash.”

He said the judgment by the supreme court of appeal stated that Motsoeneng could hold any position at the SABC including the position of chief operating officer if requirements are met.

Acting group CEO James Aguma said: “He will be contributing to effecting the strategy of development. His role will be dealing with stakeholders … and also broad corporate affairs. Fundamentally, his contribution is around raising our capital.”

Aguma praised Motsoeneng’s contribution to the SABC while in the position of chief operating officer. He said Motsoeneng was instrumental in the SABC’s transformation agenda.

Maguvhe said when the position of chief operating officer is advertised, Motsoeneng has a right to apply.

He said he was concerned by interference from society and opposition parties. “They are the ones that are destabilising this organisation.”

Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal against a ruling to set aside his appointment as the chief operating officer at the public broadcaster was dismissed by the supreme court of appeal.

Following the appeal court ruling, Motsoeneng reported for duty at the public broadcaster as an “ordinary employee”.

“He tended to his services this morning,” his lawyer, Zola Majavu, said at the time.

This comes after the public protector found in a report released in February 2014 that Motsoeneng lied about his qualifications when he applied for the post of chief operating officer, that he hiked his salary from R1,5m to R2,4m in one year and purged senior staff.

Despite these adverse findings, communications minister Faith Muthambi confirmed his permanent appointment by the board.

In November 2015, the Western Cape high court found Motsoeneng’s appointment was irrational and unlawful and set it aside. The DA brought the application.

The DA got a court order forcing the SABC to hold a disciplinary hearing against him, but he was cleared of the charges in December 2015.

On 23 May this year, judge Dennis Davis dismissed his application for leave to appeal. Motsoeneng then approached the appeal court.



  1. This entire gang of parasites including Mosoenengare kept in their very cosy jobs by the TAXPAYER, as such the taxpayer has every right to be certain that their funds are not being dished out to persons without the necessary qualifications to even make it to middle management jobs. It is a measure of the arrogance of the SABC to cry about so-called public interference at the SABC, it’s the public’s RIGHT to interfere Maguvhe, they own the SABC, not you or your so-called board.
    Please also explain how a controversial ex-employee named Motsoeneng can walk into the door at the SABC after being removed from a position by the PP and the SCA and just vote himself in as a new employee…How? He’s lost his COO job therefore he should at the very least be SUSPENDED until cleared of any wrong doing.
    If a normal, and I mean normal J6P employee was found to be unfit for service by TWO state institutions would he be allowed back into his office? Of course not, he would have to apply for another job, and rightly so.
    What is the CWU doing about this crony job break by Motsoeneng? Why isn’t the CWU protesting at this cavalier ignoring of the rules of general employment by the SABC board?

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