SABC defends Motsoeneng

2012-04-20 16:02

Johannesburg - The SABC on Friday said its acting chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng had never lied about his qualifications to the corporation.

"He did not lie to us when he was appointed [in 1995 as a reporter]," SABC chairperson Ben Ngubane told reporters in Johannesburg.

Earlier this year, media reports asserted that Motsoeneng would be appointed COO despite not having a matric certificate.

Regarding Motsoeneng's dismissal in 2007, Ngubane said this had nothing to do with his qualifications.

He said Motsoeneng was dismissed while at Lesedi FM because he had fallen out with a former CEO at the broadcaster.

But he had successfully appealed his dismissal and was reinstated.

Ngubane said many people at the SABC knew Motsoeneng.

Spreading rumours

"It is unfortunate no one bothered to listen to them," he said.

He accused the media of spreading rumours.

"It looks to me like people in the media don't want to hear the truth," he said.

Alwyn Kloppers from SABC news resources said he had known Motsoeneng since 1995 when he was a news stringer in the eastern Free State.

"At the time, we were busy with transformation [at the SABC]. We were looking for talent countrywide," he said.

Kloppers said he had brought Motsoeneng to the attention of the Bloemfontein newsroom. Motsoeneng was subsequently appointed to permanent staff in March 1995.

"I asked him about his qualifications and he told me he did not have a matric," Kloppers said.

Never been an issue

Impressed by his commitment and passion, Kloppers recommended Motsoeneng despite his lack of formal education.

"There has never been an issue about his qualifications," Kloppers said.

Ngubane said Motsoeneng had written his matric exams in the same year that he was permanently appointed to the broadcaster but later discovered he had failed.

However, he received a diploma from the University of Johannesburg, and had attended other courses during his time at the SABC.

"He has proven that he can rise to the occasion," Ngubane said.

He had received a letter from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela regarding Motsoeneng but the details had been unclear.

According to the letter, Motsoeneng had fired 14 senior executives but Ngubane said this was not the case.


The only similar case Motsoeneng had been involved in concerned a regional manager in Mpumalanga whose dismissal had been recommended by a disciplinary committee, Ngubane said.

"We are still waiting for clarity from the public protector," he said.

Ngubane said the board had been impressed by Motsoeneng's achievements.

He had been promoted by former CEO Solly Mokoetle.

Motsoeneng had suggested that provincial managers in the SABC be given greater autonomy so as to avoid inefficiency in procurement. In addition, he had successfully engaged with unions.

Last year, Motsoeneng also found that Mercedes Benz vehicles leased to the SABC had been improperly acquired.

He then negotiated with Daimler Fleet Management to save R20m for the SABC, Ngubane said.

Ngubane dismissed concerns about Motsoeneng's lack of qualifications.

He said that although the broadcaster's CEO should be highly qualified, and the chief financial officer should be a chartered accountant, the post of COO was different, as it was focused on implementation.

The main qualification for this position was an ability to run the SABC effectively.


Read more on:    sabc  |  hlaudi motsoeneng  |  media

Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Parties serve urgent application over Tlakula

Opposition parties have filed an urgent application in the Electoral Court over their demand that IEC chair Pansy Tlakula must resign, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Thursday Cape Town - 17:58 PM
    Road name: M3 Outbound
    DELAYS between Woolsack Drive and the Rhodes Avenue exit
  • Thursday Table View - 17:57 PM
    Road name: Marine Drive Northbound
    DELAYS between Broad Road and Blaauwberg Road
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia E7

Your mobile office Real-time emails with Mail for Exchange. Easy access to...

From R3499.00

I'm shopping for:


You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow more

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 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.