Editor's note - 27 February 2014

By Drum Digital
21 February 2014

Khosi's take on the SABC's predicament.

Beleaguered acting  chief operating officer of the SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, might not have a Matric certificate to his name but the man is not short of confidence and words. At a recent Sanef (South African National Editors’ Forum) meeting I asked “Mr Action” what he regarded as the main challenges facing the public broadcaster.

Firstly, he doesn’t think there’s a crisis despite the recent resignation of CEO Lulama Makhobo and a damning report by the PWC on the state of the broadcaster.

Secondly, there is the issue of public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report which has found Motsoeneng’s appointment, and his salary increase, irregular.

The PWC report states that 60 % of the executive and senior managers at the SABC lack strategic thinking capacity, staff respondents “do not trust the management team or the SABC board and question their credibility”, and that 24 employees had fraudulent or non-compliant senior certificates and Grade 10 certificates.

Motsoeneng, however, is not very worried. He claims the SABC is looking better than ever financially, and that’s all that matters.

Although he values education, he insists that degrees and qualifications do not guarantee that a job will be done well. We envy his optimism but can’t help wondering if he is entirely convinced of his own argument seeing as he’s been found to have lied about not having a Matric when he applied for a job at the SABC in 1995.

“By his own admission, Mr Motsoeneng stated in his application form that he had passed Matric, filled in made-up symbols in the same application form, and promised to supply a Matric certificate to confirm his qualifications when he knew he didn’t have one – this was admitted by him during an interview.

Mr Motsoeneng would never have been appointed  in 1995 had he not lied about his qualification and . . . he repeated that lie in 2003 when he applied for the post of executive producer of current affairs to which he accordingly should never have been appointed,” says Thuli Madonsela in her findings.

See our story on the crisis at the SABC on page 14.

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