No basis to suspend Motsoeneng, says SABC

2014-07-05 07:25
(Photo: SABC website)

(Photo: SABC website)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - There is no basis to suspend controversial SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC board chairperson Zandile Tshabalala told MPs on Friday night.

"We don't have a basis for suspension because... in our case he performs," Tshabalala said, briefing a joint sitting of Parliament's communications, and telecommunications and postal services committees.

"He has even gone to a role which isn't his role of raising funding for the SABC," Tshabalala said.

In a report released in February, titled "When governance and ethics fail", Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Motsoeneng's appointment at the public broadcaster and his salary progression were irregular.

Motsoeneng was also investigated for fraudulently misrepresenting his qualifications to the SABC, including claiming that he had passed matric when he applied for employment.

Madonsela concluded that Motsoeneng irregularly and rapidly increased the salaries of various staff members, resulting in the state broadcaster footing a salary bill escalation of R29m.

She recommended that the SABC board institute corrective action against the "dishonest" Motsoeneng.

Madonsela urged then Communications Minister Yunus Carrim to take urgent steps to fill the COO post within 90 days. The 90-day deadline has since lapsed.

The SABC has until August 16 to submit its response to Madonsela's office.

"We deem ourselves to be law-abiding citizens and for that reason if the public protector produces any suspicious information about any individual or business, it doesn't necessary mean it's bible," Tshabalala said, explaining her interpretation of the findings to MPs.

"The public protector is saying look at your house. There are these allegations. What are you saying about it?"

Tshabalala called on MPs, some of whom challenged the decision to keep Motsoeneng on as acting COO, to act with "maturity" and "consistency" when dealing with issues raised by the public protector.

"We can't cast judgment before there is a response from the SABC on all the allegations levelled against the SABC," she said.

Tshabalala told MPs she was confident they would meet the August 16 deadline.

Carrim's successor, Faith Muthambi, said urgent attention was being paid to matters raised by the public protector.

"I have instructed the SABC to fully respond to the issues raised by the public protector. They will be submitting a report to me on the 20th of July so that I can satisfy myself that there is full compliance with the public protector's report," Muthambi said.

Muthambi met the board on Tuesday and insisted remedial action proposed in Madonsela's report must be taken.

"They [SABC board] informed me they obtained legal advice on the implementation of the recommendations of the public protector's report.

"They also told me the human resource issues raised by the public protector are being fully addressed... by the board."

Muthambi and Tshabalala were responding to demands by opposition party MPs that Motsoeneng be replaced.

"Those were damning findings by the public protector. A person admitted to lying about his qualifications," charged Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

"When is Mr Hlaudi being fired. I don't even think he must be here."

Motsoeneng chuckled in his bench as Ndlozi and other opposition MPs called for his head.
Read more on:    sabc  |  faith muthambi  |  yunus carrim  |  hlaudi motsoeneng  |  thuli madonsela

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


Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!

Nicole is the cover girl for the 2014 edition of SA Swimsuit! Check out some smoking hot pics of here here.

11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
This is how the Top Gear presenters spend their £55 million!
Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. 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


The Moon has moved into your sign, emphasizing the need to connect things to work together. There is a tendency to focus too 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.