Madonsela takes another swipe at Motsoeneng

The Public Protector will launch a fresh investigation into the appointment of the SABC COO.

The Public Protector has decided to launch a fresh investigation into the appointment of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has decided to launch a fresh investigation into South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appointment.

Motsoeneng was permanently appointed this week, despite Madonsela's finding that his initial appointment was irregular.

He also irregularly received three salary hikes in one year and lied about his qualifications.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi announced Motsoeneng's appointment this week.

She says an independent law firm had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

The Public Protector says she's received numerous complaints about the appointment and is launching a new investigation.

"The best way forward was to commence a new investigation that looks specifically at the appointment and the circumstances surrounding it."

She says the only way her report can be reviewed is in a court of law.

"In any event, before you even go to a High Court, my preference is that these matters should be debated in Parliament."

Madonsela says the SABC board should have informed her before permanently appointing Motsoeneng.

Meanwhile, there are calls for Muthambi to make public the report which cleared Motsoeneng of wrongdoing.

But Muthambi says the SABC board followed all the right processes.

"The SABC has commissioned a credible law firm and when we respond to the public protector, we will be able to disclose who they are."