SABC knew about Motsoeneng's education

Hlaudi Motsoeneng is fighting a bid by the DA to have his appointment set aside.

FILE: The DA wants Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed pending a full investigation. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has heard that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) knew from the onset that Hlaudi Motsoeneng did not have a matric certificate.

Motsoeneng, who was permanently appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) last month, is fighting a bid by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have his appointment set aside.

The DA has motivated that it wants Motsoeneng removed pending a full disciplinary investigation into his appointment

The DA's James Selfe says Communications Minister Faith Muthambi ignored proper procedure when she appointed Motsoeneng permanently to the position of SABC COO.

"The minister appointed Motsoeneng without an interview and without a shortlisting process."

Muthambi permanently appointed Motsoeneng in July despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela releasing a damning report against him in February.

Madonsela recommended a new COO be appointed within 90 days.

Her investigation also showed that Motsoeneng received three appraisals which increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million a year.

The party says Motsoeneng lied about his qualifications when he started working at the SABC in 1995.

Motsoeneng's lawyer Norman Arendse says the SABC headhunted his client knowing he did not finish high school.

Arendse further defended the now SABC COO, telling the Western Cape High Court that Motsoeneng not having a matric certificate was not an issue at the time.

Motsoeneng did a Radio Journalism course when he started at the SABC before obtaining a certificate in General Management.

Arendse maintained Motsoeneng did not misrepresent his qualifications and called the claims made by the DA defamatory.

The court on Tuesday heard Motsoeneng has since acquired certificates in leadership and in General Management.

Meanwhile, dozens of protesters, mostly from the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, demonstrated outside the Western Cape High Court yesterday holding placards that read, "Hands off our Hlaudi".

Ses'Khona says they don't care whether Motsoeneng has a matric or not as he's been with the public broadcaster since 1995.