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SABC COO 'released' from his duties

The SABC board has decided to remove COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng from his position.

Former SABC acting Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday announced that its acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng was relieved of his duties.

The corporation said current head of radio news Mike Siluma would take over his position on an acting basis.

Motsoeneng had a controversial time as acting COO.

He prevented a live radio discussion of the ANC's Mangaung conference, claiming the party was not represented.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantshe later referred to that decision as "dumb".

Motsoeneng was also criticised for interfering in the corporation's output.

But the SABC board thanked him for his contribution, saying he was not leaving the company.

Motsoeneng will revert back to his position as provincial group executive.

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