Hlaudi Motsoeneng to return to work
The SABC COO was on Saturday acquitted on charges of dishonesty, misconduct and abuse of power.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says suspended Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng may now return to work after a disciplinary hearing found him not guilty on all three charges against him.
On Saturday night, Motsoeneng was acquitted on charges of dishonesty, misconduct and abuse of power.
He'd been accused of misrepresenting his qualifications, purging senior staff members and raising his own salary three times in one year.
The SABC's Kaizer Kganyago says the ruling paves the way for Motsoeneng to return to work.
"With the finalisation of the appeal case of the High Court ruling in Cape Town on his appointment."
Motsoeneng says justice prevailed at the hearing, adding that only he has the knowledge to transform the SABC.
"I have skills, I have expertise in me. I have everything! Actually, I fund the SABC."
While supporters cheered for the SABC COO as he was cleared of all charges, opposition parties have called the ruling a farce with the Democratic Alliance vowing to review the matter in court.