All charges against SABC COO dropped

Hlaudi Motsoeneng was found not guilty on charges of dishonesty, misconduct and abuse of power.

FILE: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s supporters outside court on 18 September 2015. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - An internal South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) hearing has found that Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng could not have lied about his matric or purged senior staff members based on witness testimony.

Motsoeneng was found not guilty on charges of dishonesty, misconduct and abuse of power.

The SABC COO was also accused of lying about his matric certificate and increasing his salary.

Hearing chairperson Willem Edeling read the ruling out to a room full of supporters who cheered after Motsoeneng was found not guilty on all charges.

Edeling relied quite substantively on the evidence given by the only witness brought forward by the defence Alwyn Kloppers who testified that the SABC knew he did not have a matric.

"I therefore weigh the value of Mr Kloppers's evidence as the more probable and acceptable evidence of what transpired at the time."

The chairperson says it is not clear why the charge of gross misconduct - relating to creating a position for another staff member - was levelled against the COO finding some of the evidence suspicious.

"Nobody testified why Mr Motsoeneng got the job, I have no clue why he was charged with that."

Speaking after the ruling the broadcaster's legal team says it will take its direction from the corporation when it comes to questions about Motsoeneng's suspension.