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SABC COO to address Madonsela's report

Thuli Madonsela revealed damning findings following a probe into maladministration at the SABC.

SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng is expected to speak out today about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning report which found he purged staff who opposed him at the corporation.

On Monday, Madonsela revealed damning findings following a probe into maladministration at the corporation.

She said Motsoeneng's actions cost the SABC R29 million after it had to settle several cases brought by the people Motsoeneng had fired.

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.

He was expected to tell the public yesterday why he should stay in his job but his lawyer Zola Majavu said he didn't have enough time to go through Madonsela's report.

Majavu says if all goes according to plan, today's press conference will go ahead.

"The intended press conference should still proceed today, barring anything that might change our line of thinking."

Meanwhile, a group of opposition parties is calling for the speedy implementation of remedial measures at the beleaguered SABC.

The Collective for Democracy, made up of six parties, yesterday laid fraud charges against Motsoeneng.

The grouping is calling for the suspension of the SABC COO, pending disciplinary action, and wants the position to be filled with a suitably qualified person.