'Public can sue SABC's Motsoeneng'

A senior forensics manager says the public can sue SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for lying in his CV.

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

CAPE TOWN - A senior forensics manager says the public can sue South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng for falsifying his qualifications.

This follows Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report which found that Motsoeneng lied in his Curriculum Vitae (CV) about having a matric.

Motsoeneng admitted to this saying he was young, but blamed a "Mrs Swanepoel" for advising him to "put whatever he could think of" on a form.

Meanwhile, the issue has sent social media network Twitter into a buzz.

What's amazing is that this Hlaudi saga has been known for a while now. Why the board or the Dept didn't act is beyond reason.

Bestow on Hlaudi and JZ an honourary "Matric" full stop.

Thuli says Hlaudi said he was 23 when he applied for a senior position post and repeated the lie when he applied for COO :"D

#SABC weather today: Hlaudi with a chance of meatballs ...

However, the Public Protector says he knew he did not have the qualifications so he should have never lied in his CV.

The report also revealed that Motsoeneng received three appraisals which increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in one year.

Motsoeneng has asked for time to study the damning report.

Speaking to 567 CapeTalk, senior forensics manager at ENS Africa Dave Rix said this was a serious offence.

"[Lying] constitutes fraud plain and simple. It can also constitute the delict of misrepresentation. There's a difference between the two. Fraud is considered as an offence… against the state or the public at large while a delict is just between two parties."

He says in Motsoeneng's case is it fraud.

"I would say it is fraud because it is a public company that he's been making misrepresentation to. The public at large would be able to seek compensation from him. There are several cases overseas I haven't been able to locate any locally."

He also urged companies to conduct thorough background searches.

"I think the companies need to take reasonable steps and actually take the matter firmly in hand and do background checks on people when they apply for jobs. Criminal record checks, check their references and phone their previous employers and take some responsibility as well."

In 2012, then Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson was forced to resign after it emerged she had lied about having a degree in Computer Science.