Union suspends Hlaudi Motsoeneng ally

2014-02-28 11:57

The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) this morning suspended its KwaZulu-Natal secretary, Thami Mzileni, over a press conference in support of the SABC’s controversial acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The suspension was confirmed by CWU’s acting secretary general Thabo Mogalane.

Mzileni, says Mogalane, was behind Tuesday’s surprise press conference held by the “Hlaudi Motsoeneng Coalition” under the banner of CWU.

“It was not CWU. That press conference was done by [Mzileni] and he had no authority to represent the whole organisation,” Mogalane told City Press minutes after Mzileni’s suspension.

“We sent the matter to the national executive committee and they have decided to suspend him.”

Contacted for his reaction, Mzileni referred City Press to “head office for a statement” but did say that he would be challenging the decision to suspend him.

At last week’s press conference, the Motsoeneng coalition slammed the Public Protector’s SABC report that had damned Motsoeneng.

It also laid into Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, calling for her resignation.

Madonsela’s report had recommended that action be taken against Motsoeneng for his irregular appointment at SABC, his huge salary hike (from R1.4 million to R2.4 million within a year), for “purging staff seen as his detractors” and falsifying his qualifications. A fake matric certificate was notably added to his CV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eh6y1Yf8zA At the press conference, Mzileni accused Madonsela of a “subjective” investigation that was nothing short of being in service of the Democratic Alliance. “We just want justice in the interest of the working class. This is not about Hlaudi as an individual. This is about the extreme abuse of power to deliver a certain agenda,” said Mzileni. At the conference, he said CWU’s members in the SABC supported Motsoeneng.

CWU, however, told City Press that their official position on the report is very different to Mzileni’s.

Mogalane referred to a recent statement from CWU calling on the SABC and government “to consider the Public Protector’s report without any delay and act in the best interests of the South African masses and the SABC workers who earn their living in an honest way by delivering the best programming despite the grave circumstances exposed by the Public Protector’s report”.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.