Motsoeneng denies Madonsela's allegations

The acting SABC COO's lawyer says he has done nothing wrong.

Acting SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyer says he's done nothing wrong and still denies carrying out a purge of senior staff at the corporation.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has instructed the public broadcaster to take disciplinary action against Motsoeneng for improper conduct and maladministration.

Yesterday, she released her report into widespread irregularities at the SABC, saying Motsoeneng was responsible for the removal of senior staff, costing the broadcaster millions in unfair termination settlements.

Madonsela also found Motsoeneng's appointment was irregular stating that he committed fraud by lying about his matric qualification.

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

Motsoeneng's attorney, Zola Majavu, says he strongly denies the allegations.

"He denies it with the contempt it deserves and he dealt with everything in the submission to the provisional report."

Madonsela's investigation also showed that Motsoeneng received three appraisals which increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million a year.

She said this constituted improper conduct and maladministration.

Motsoeneng 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.

The SABC board will now study Madonsela's report before commenting on it.


Meanwhile, Madonsela has warned that if the culture and conduct within the management of SABC does not change, its problems will continue.

"If the governance culture and ethics that existed at the time we conducted the investigation persist, the problems will continue."

Madonsela quoted a former board member who said when governance and ethics fail, you get a dysfunctional organisation where those in charge cannot see that the situation isn't normal, which is the case at the public broadcaster.