SABC's Motsoeneng faces criminal charges

The acting COO faces criminal charges for the fraudulent misrepresentation of his qualifications.

SABC acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Collective for Democracy says it will lay criminal charges against the acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for fraudulent misrepresentation of his qualifications.

The grouping of opposition parties has warned decisive action needs to be taken against Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her findings into maladministration at the public broadcaster this week and found Motsoeneng cost the corporation millions while purging his enemies from the organisation.

The Collective for Democracy, which comprises six political parties, says it will lay the criminal charges against the acting COO at the Rosebank Police Station at 5pm today.

Madonsela found Motsoeneng committed fraud by claiming he had passed matric when applying for his job.

Willie Madisha of the Congress of the People (Cope) says Motsoeneng should be suspended, pending disciplinary action and the position should be filled with a suitably qualified person.

At the same time Anton Alberts of the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) is calling for the Public Protector's recommendations to be implemented speedily.

In her findings, which were released on Monday, Madonsela said the acting COO 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.

Her 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.

Meanwhile, Motsoeneng is expected to tell the public today why he should stay in his job following the Public Protector's findings.

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