How Hlaudi Motsoeneng lied in SABC application: 4 E’s and an F in ‘matric’

2014-07-16 08:51

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Hlaudi Motsoeneng, controversial operations chief of the SABC, only indicated five matric subjects on his job application at the public broadcaster – and gave himself weak symbols for each.

Motsoeneng applied at the SABC in Bloemfontein in 1995.

He wrote on the application form that he had matriculated at the Metsimantsho High School and that his subjects were English, Sesotho, Afrikaans, history and “Bibs” – possibly a reference to Bible Studies.

He gave himself an “E” for every subject, except history, for which he claimed to have got an “F”.

A comment on the application form reads: “Ask Hlaudi for his matric [certificate].”

A human resources manager at the SABC in 1996 told Motsoeneng that the fact that he did not have a matric certificate would be a serious hindrance to progress in the SABC.

According to the correspondence, seen by City Press’ sister paper Beeld, the SABC gave him the opportunity to obtain a matric certificate.

He did not do so.

Motsoeneng, who now earns about R2.4 million a year, was suspended at the SABC in 2006.

This was after an audit by Deloitte & ­Touche had found his colleagues regarded him as a “semi-literate journalist, inexperienced and not able to communicate in English”.

At the time, he was executive producer at Lesedi FM.

He opposed the suspension.

In 2009, then SABC CEO Dali Mpofu wrote to Motsoeneng to offer him two possible posts.

Motsoeneng wrote back to say he wanted to be reinstated in his original post.

He was reappointed in that year and has since risen to the position of COO.

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