Hlaudi Motsoeneng stays on at SABC‚ with public support of board chair

Hlaudi Motsoeneng remains an employee of the SABC and will be going back to position of GE corporate affairs. And when the job of chief operating officer is advertised‚ he can apply. This was announced on Tuesday by SABC board chairman Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe.

He told a press conference that Motsoeneng can hold any position at the SABC if requirements are met and due process followed.

Motsoeneng’s position as COO was found to be invalid after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application for leave to appeal a High Court in Cape Town ruling‚ which set aside his permanent appointment.

Motsoeneng began acting as COO in 2011 and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi confirmed his permanent appointment in 2014‚ despite adverse findings by the Public Protector‚ including that he misrepresented his qualifications and awarded staff and himself irregular salary increases.

In her report‚ titled “When Governance and Ethics Fail”‚ Madonsela found that Motsoeneng had lied about his matric qualifications and irregularly increased his salary. She recommended that legal action be taken against Motsoeneng as his appointment was unlawful.

On Sunday‚ weekend newspapers reported that Motsoeneng had received a R10 million bonus paid out to him last week‚ for negotiating a contract with MultiChoice to create SABC channels on DStv dating back to 2013.

This week‚ President Jacob Zuma‚ the ANC and Parliament distanced themselves from the leadership crisis at the broadcaster.

The ANC’s spokesperson Zizi Kodwa’s on Monday called for “Parliament to summon the SABC to comprehensively account on the state of the corporation and its reported challenges”.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications issued a statement that it would‚ in the next fortnight‚ meet with the board of the SABC over the SCA judgment on the invalid appointment of Motsoeneng.

And the Presidency on Friday commented that it “noted and respects the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA)” The Presidency’s statement noted that at a meeting “between government and the judiciary last year‚ it was reaffirmed that government would respect court rulings”. “Government fully abides by that undertaking‚” the statement added.

The SABC is expected to post a R377.7-million loss for the 2015-2016 financial year to the end of March‚ according to the Sunday Times. The results were due to be released a week ago but were delayed to Thursday September 29.

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