'SABC board should be probed if Motsoeneng is reinstated as COO'

Motsoeneng used Mandoza’s funeral to share his thoughts on a court ruling that set his appointment aside.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela says that if Hlaudi Motsoeneng is returned to the permanent position of COO, there would need to be a probe into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

She says it would be against the law if Motsoeneng is returned to the position of COO or appointed to any other senior position.

"We are conducting an investigation into various allegations of corruption, abuse of power and maladministration by Mr Motsoeneng, who is alleged to be involved in wrongful procurement and the dismissal of people who stand in his way."

The Public Protector issued the warning just hours after Motsoeneng used Mandoza's funeral to outline his comeback plan.

Motsoeneng earlier told mourners who are gathered at Grace Bible Church for Mandoza's funeral that he's not fazed by this week's court ruling, which upholds the finding that his permanent appointment is unlawful.

"I've been observing when people were saying 'Hlaudi is out,' you can't decide for my future," he said.

Yesterday, SABC board member Krish Naidoo confirmed members of the board called for Motsoeneng's reappointment as COO.

Motsoeneng has used the occasion to hit back at his detractors and insists that he was never problematic for the public broadcaster.

Family members, friends and family members have gathered are paying their final respects to Mduduzi "Mandoza" Tshabalala, who lost his battle against cancer on Sunday.