Free State stadium renamed after Motsoeneng

Johannesburg - A stadium in Bluegumbosch, QwaQwa, in the Free State, will be renamed after SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, The New Age reported on Friday.

"It was decided unopposed by the community that the facility be named after Motsoeneng because the people felt he had done a lot of good things in QwaQwa," provincial department of arts and culture secretariat head, Jeff Mphomela, was quoted as saying.

"The name change is in its final stage and we can expect to see a big board with Motsoeneng's name on it anytime from now."

He said public consultations were held recently.

In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report on Motsoeneng, while he was acting COO of the broadcaster.

She found that his salary increased from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year, that he had purged senior staff, and misrepresented his qualifications - that he had passed matric - to the SABC.

At the time, Madonsela recommended that a new COO be appointed to the SABC within 90 days.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi announced Motsoeneng's permanent appointment earlier this month, saying he was cleared of all wrongdoing by a legal firm before being appointed.

The Democratic Alliance has launched a high court bid to have his appointment set aside and Muthambi has filed papers opposing it.

In June, Motsoeneng made headlines again for reportedly being offered a wife and a cow as a gift by Venda traditional leaders, which they later denied.
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