SABC's Motsoeneng to explain himself

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report into widespread irregularities at the SABC.

SABC acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng is expected to tell the public today why he should stay in his job following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings that he cost the corporation millions while purging his enemies from the organisation.

In her findings released on Monday, Madonsela said Motsoeneng had clearly ensured all the people who testified against him in a disciplinary hearing were forced to leave the SABC, which then cost the broadcaster millions in legal fees.

Madonsela's report says Motsoeneng has been allowed to operate above the law by members of the SABC board and that he was clearly able to have his own way when it came to staff issues.

People who testified against him in a hearing were fired while other freelancers had their salaries increased unilaterally on his authority.

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

But Motsoeneng has always appeared politically confident within the SABC and may actually relish the chance to answer questions about his conduct.

Meanwhile, Motsoeneng's attorney, Zola Majavu, strongly denied the allegations yesterday.

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

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.