SABC under Madonsela’s scrutiny

Public protector Thuli Madonsela Picture: GALLO IMAGES
Public protector Thuli Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment to his old gig at the public broadcaster would be scrutinised by her office.

The SABC announced yesterday that Motsoeneng is back in his previous post of group executive of corporate affairs.

Madonsela said her office would request a response from the SABC on the processes followed.

“What was the process of appointing him? Was the position vacant?”

Madonsela had several other questions, such as what the job requirements were and by which process Motsoeneng was found to be fit.

She said a query would be sent to the SABC.

She said if Motsoeneng was reappointed as chief operating officer her office would take the matter to court, asking for costs to be paid by the SABC board members as individuals. Her finding that Motsoeneng is a dishonest person still stands, she said.

Madonsela said attacks on her escalated whenever there was an investigation people did not like, in this case her investigation into the alleged influence of the controversial Gupta family in the appointment of ministers and state-owned entities’ bosses.

The attacks were aimed at distracting her office. But her office would continue to do its work without fear or favour, she said, adding that the report into her investigation into state capture was among those nearing completion.

Her office was racing against time to complete these before she leaves on October 14.

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