Motsoeneng found not guilty

Hlaudi Motsoeneng was facing three charges which include lying about having a matric certificate.

The SABC Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, in Sandton for the judgment in his desciplinary hearing. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has been found not guilty on charges of dishonesty, misconduct and abuse of power following an internal disciplinary hearing against him.

Chairman of the hearing, Advocate Willem Edeling went through the arguments heard throughout the week including contestation over testimonies heard in camera before handing down his judgment.

Motsoeneng was facing three charges which included charge one: lying about having a matric certificate.

Edeling read out that charge two was gross misconduct relating to creating a new position for a staff member without approval, and that charge three was on abuse of power relating to "purging" another senior staff member during tenure as COO.

The charges were laid two months ago after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled Motsoeneng must be suspended and face disciplinary action.

Motsoeneng had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Edeling also reflected on evidence given by Alwyn Kloppers, who first head-hunted Motsoeneng as a trainee journalist.

Kloppers made it abundantly clear he was involved in the recruitment and that Motsoeneng had told them of his lack of matric.

Kloppers said it was common knowledge that Motsoeneng did not have his matric certificate and dismissed claims that Motsoeneng lied about his qualifications for a job as unfounded.

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Edeling also felt that testimony from witnesses vindicated charges that he purged senior staff members from the SABC during his tenure as COO.

Motsoeneng left the room after hugging his legal team and family, followed out by supporters who sat through the ruling including some well-known musicians.

Last month, the Western Cape High Court ruled that the decision to permanently appoint Motsoeneng as COO was irrational and unlawful.