Madonsela: Courts can revive SABC COO report

An earlier probe by the protector found Hlaudi Motsoeneng was irregularly appointed to his post.

SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Only a court can reconsider the findings relating to the appointment of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Friday.

During an earlier probe she found he was irregularly appointed to his position.

The public protector's report indicated Motsoeneng lied about his matric qualifications.

He also irregularly received three salary hikes in one year.

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

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

Madonsela says the broadcaster's board should have informed her that it was not going to comply with her report.

"If they were not happy with that, the way forward would have been approaching me and indicating they had no intention to comply."

She said if the SABC board had difficulty complying, she would have suggested a Parliamentary debate on the issue.

Madonsela says the best way forward is to commence a new investigation that looks specifically at the "irregular" appointment and the circumstances surrounding it.

She said the only way her report could be reviewed was in a court of law.

The Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) welcomed Madonsela's new probe.

"From what we have been tracking, Motsoeneng is not the best person for this position."

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Gavin Davis says the report by a private law firm, which apparently cleared Motsoeneng, must be made public.

"It's completely bizarre that the report of a private law firm can be used to trump a public protector report."

He wants Muthambi to answer questions about Motsoeneng's appointment in Parliament.