We don’t regret appointing Hlaudi Motsoeneng – SABC

2014-08-20 06:00

The decision to appoint SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng on a permanent basis was rational, says the public broadcaster’s board.

“On the facts that the SABC has put up, the decision so far to appoint Mr Motsoeneng is not irrational. It is well justified,” argued SABC board lawyer Ngwako Maenetje yesterday.

He said the board had considered Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings on Motsoeneng and found no basis so far to discipline him.

“We don’t regret it [the appointment]. In our society, with all the criticisms, he is some kind of example for where he comes from,” said Maenetje.

The DA wanted an urgent interim interdict suspending Motsoeneng pending a review of the decision to appoint him.

Motsoeneng sat stony-faced in court, surrounded by his supporters, as he listened to proceedings.

The DA believed the board followed an “unlawful” process in recommending Motsoeneng be appointed, that the decision to appoint him was irrational, and that the SABC would not abide by Madonsela’s recommended remedial actions.

Both Maenetje and Norman Arendse, for Motsoeneng, argued that the SABC had never been misled about him not having a matric certificate.

They pointed out that it was incorrect to say Motsoeneng had lied or misrepresented his qualifications to get the position when, in fact, he was headhunted.

SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala, in her court papers, reportedly rubbished Madonsela’s report.

Tshabalala said the broadcaster knew from day one that Motsoeneng did not have matric.

She said he was not dishonest, had never misled the SABC, and was not responsible for any irregular spending.

Arguments continue today.

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