SABC COO appointment 'irregular'

Thuli Madonsela found the COO committed fraud when claiming he had passed matric when applying for the job.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found the appointment of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoaneng to be irregular.

She further found that he committed fraud when claiming he had passed matric when applying for the job.

Madonsela released her findings of an investigation into maladministration at the public broadcaster's offices in Pretoria this morning.

The Public Protector found that the former SABC board violated its own employment policies when appointing Motsoaneng as the acting COO.

She also found that former board chairman Ben Ngubane acted improperly when he ordered job requirements be altered to exclude academic qualifications so they could suit Motsoaneng's circumstances.

The investigation showed that Motsoaneng received three appraisals which increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million a year.

Madonsela says this constituted improper conduct and maladministration.

Last year, the City Press newspaper reported that a provisional report found strong evidence of wrongdoing against Motsoeneng and outgoing SABC Chief Executive Officer Lulama Mokhobo.

Mokhobo has since said that Madonsela has admitted making the wrong finding and that she will be cleared.

But it's not known at this point what final finding will be made about Motsoeneng.

He has been seen as the main decision maker about SABC broadcasts and has proudly admitted to taking some discussions off air because of its content.