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Madonsela's office investigating allegations of corruption against Motsoeneng

Madonsela has written to Muthambi, indicating to her that it would illegal to reappoint Motsoeneng.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Radio 702

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says her office is investigating allegations of corruption against former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, including allegations that he paid former employees exorbitant salaries including former acting CEO Jimi Matthews.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected a bid to appeal against a high court ruling that set aside former COO's permanent appointment.

Speaking yesterday at kwaito artist Mandoza's funeral, Motsoeneng insisted he would still play a vital role at the public broadcaster influencing content and ensuring local music is prioritised.

Madonsela says she has written to the Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, indicating to her that should Motsoeneng be reappointed, it would illegal.

She says there are investigations underway into Motsoeneng's conduct as COO of the public broadcaster, including allegations of misconduct and corruption, among others.

"Letting people go and paying them fortunes, including the last CEO. I'm still waiting for the SABC board to respond to those allegations.

"And in those allegations, it was also alleged that the board allows Mr. Motsoeneng to do whatever he pleases."

She says should Motsoeneng return to the position of COO, the board would have to be probed, adding that there are allegations that it is in fact the board that let Motsoeneng get away with violating some of the public broadcasters policies.

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