SABC COO 'knows what he's doing'

Motsoeneng's lawyer says nowhere in Madonsela's report does it state that the acting COO is incompetent.

Acting SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyer says nowhere in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report does it state that his client is incompetent.

Motsoeneng's attorney Zola Majavu was yesterday reacting to a scathing report by Madonsela which found that Motsoeneng didn't have the correct qualifications for the job.

Majavu said M adonsela's report incorrectly states that Motsoeneng lied about having a matric qualification.

He said his client never claimed to have a matric certificate and he followed disciplinary processes before dismissing staff members.

The report further found that Motsoeneng purged staff who opposed him and received three salary increases in one year.

Majavu said Motsoeneng received three salary hikes in one year because he was promoted and given more responsibilities.

Majavu said despite some of Madonsela's findings, the report does not state that Motsoeneng can't do his job.

"Nowhere in the Public Protector's report does it say that the man is useless and doesn't know what he is doing."

It's now up to the SABC board to decide whether or not to accept the Public Protector's recommendations.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) says it doesn't understand why Madonsela found it necessary to investigate an SABC matter dating back to 1995.

The ANCYL's Mzwandile Masina says the report is littered with lies and shows Mandonsela's fascination with matric.

"What is worrying to us is that the report she has released about the SABC is nothing new. It's what she has leaked before."

A group of opposition parties is calling for the speedy implementation of remedial measures at the broadcaster.

The Collective for Democracy, which is made up of six parties, on Wednesday laid fraud charges against the COO.

It called for Motsoeneng's suspension, pending disciplinary action.

The grouping wants the position to be filled by a suitably qualified person.