Hlaudi Motsoeneng to go to court over SABC report

2014-02-20 14:16

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Embattled SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is not having sleepless nights over Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s damning report.

At a press conference in Joburg today, his lawyer, Zola Majavu, said they intended taking Madonsela’s findings – which put the blame for the rot at the troubled public broadcaster on his shoulders – on review “all the way to the Constitutional Court”.

Majavu said although they respected Madonsela as a lawyer, her findings were “not gospel”. He said legal action was just the beginning of a lengthy process to identify the weaknesses that had caused the SABC’s constant underperformance.

Motsoeneng dismissed Madonsela’s report as part of a broader smear campaign to ensure his removal from the SABC.

Majavu referred to Madonsela’s provisional report, titled, The Blame Game, as the Blame Hlaudi report.

He said he was pleased that Madonsela had recommended disciplinary action be taken against his client because it would be the perfect opportunity for Motsoeneng to set the record straight.

Among the allegations against Motsoeneng were that he had masterminded the purging of 14 SABC employees, lied about having a matric certificate and orchestrated a salary increase for himself from R1.2 million to R2.4 million in one year.

Rejecting the allegation that Motsoeneng had purged the employees, Majavu said these workers had gone through various labour processes, including at the CCMA and the Labour Court, and that Motsoeneng had no hand in these.

He denied that Motsoeneng had lied about his qualifications.

Majavu further said Motsoeneng had not approved his own salary increments.

He slammed Madonsela for using “evidence” that had not been tested in a court of law to arrive at her conclusions.

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