Public Protector says sorry

2014-02-18 17:55

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has apologised to former SABC employee Hannes du Buisson for naming him in her report on SABC acting chief operations officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

"[She] apologises for the error and possible unfounded inferences that may imply that there was any wrongdoing found against Mr Du Buisson's person," she said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The... mention of Mr Hannes Du Buisson in the unedited executive summary distributed on Monday was in relation to an allegation made by the complainants. However, the allegation could not be substantiated and no finding was made."

On Monday, Madonsela released her report and found Motsoeneng's appointment was irregular, as was his salary progression. She found Motsoeneng rapidly increased the salaries of various staff members, resulting in the state broadcaster footing an unprecedented salary bill escalation of R29m.

"He unilaterally increased [the] salaries of Ms Motsweni, Ms Thobekile Khumalo, Mr Hannes du Buisson, and certain freelancers without following parts of the SABC personnel regulations," Madonsela said in the report.

Du Buisson said he was offended by the allegation, as he had not worked for the SABC in the past 14 years.

"I am not employed by the SABC. I was employed there 14 years ago," he said.

Du Buisson, who is president of the Broadcasting, Electronic Media, and Allied Workers Union, said he had contacted Madonsela's office to demand a correction.

  • Ahava Shapiro - 2014-02-18 18:02

    Gross incompetence, why release a unedited version in the first place ? Tarnishing someone's name is not something that can be fixed with an apology.

      M R Lee Masoka - 2014-02-18 18:16

      What do you know about being a public protector mr know it all. Take some time and read again HOW that name got implicated in the report.

      Stormy Naidu - 2014-02-18 18:31

      An error is one thing but having to apologise takes balls...and speaks mountains for this woman's character. I take it to you are beyond ever making a mistake?

      Misty Mundae - 2014-02-18 18:32

      Oh really now! If an apology is given sincerely, it must be accepted or you are an a$$. Humans make mistakes. Wow... some people..!? The mistake will have absolutely no bearing on his life at all since the apology is public. Weird people will always be weird.

      Ahava Shapiro - 2014-02-18 18:39

      Sure, human make mistakes, retards, but every report that is released from the office of the public protector, must go through checks and processes.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-02-19 07:55

      @Leonard, if you please the "cultural majority" in SA then you will be protected at all costs and portrayed as a hero. Your mistakes will be overlooked. Two examples to substantiate my comment: 1) The public protector's son took her official car "without authorization" and caused an accident. By the way she drives a BMW X6 where the bottom of the range costs about R841k without extras. People came to her defense. But when the Gauteng Premier's son did the same thing, everyone had a feast even asking her to resign. 2) In the years and months leading up to Polokwane, Zwelinzima Vavi was a villain and buffoon because he was a loyal Zuma supporter. If his sex scandal came out then, I'm 100% sure that he would have been vilified by opposition parties! media, ect. But this did not happen because his sex scandal came out during the time he was a fierce critic of government, the ANC and Zuma and by definition the darling of the "cultural majority."

  • Chabalala Grey Bongani - 2014-02-18 18:15

    this honest mistakes will be used by ANC to discredit her credibility especialy with the Nkandla report

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2014-02-18 18:31

      Sadly, the cANCer will be on top of this like a corrupt official on a lucrative government tender

      Stormy Naidu - 2014-02-18 18:35

      That's what they waiting for. will be grounds to remove her from office.....discredit is an understatement. ....

  • fanelesibonge.ntombela - 2014-02-18 18:17

    Out of order Norman Charles, what does Zuma have to do with this? Don't drag him into this...if you want to say something about the PP just do that...

  • Nomcebo Ngidi - 2014-02-18 18:18

    The office has too much power and has become untouchable

      M R Lee Masoka - 2014-02-18 18:21

      I'm sure you speaking for those involved in corruption who don't want to b exposed.

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2014-02-18 18:27

      As opposed to having no public protector office, or one that is toothless and corrupt itself? Take off that yellow t-shirt, the bright colours are clearly affecting your judgement

      Tinabtlr - 2014-02-18 18:38

      They are supposed to have power. What about the words "Public Protector" don't you understand? Public = me and you. Would you like to be ignored, or swept under the carpet?

      Nomcebo Ngidi - 2014-02-18 18:48

      For your info I'm not against the work of a PP but its a problem when other people constitutional rights are being crushed, with yellow T shirts Thuli use to wear one until she was advised to cancel her membership because Zuma will appoint her as a PP

      Stormy Naidu - 2014-02-18 20:14

      She's there exactly like her title says " Public Protector" she shield our interests. .....even when we refuse to do it for ourselves through misplaced loyalty....

  • Frank Frank - 2014-02-18 18:34

    We are all human after all, we make mistakes, we just need to acknowledge them and apologise

      Nelson Poopmore - 2014-02-18 20:20

      Let's be frank, Frank Frank..... WTF? ...lets rather just forget about it.

  • Sakhiwo - 2014-02-18 18:45

    So what then? Just sorry? In the first place how did his name happened to be linked with all this fraud?If he last worked for SABC 14 years ago,how possible would then Thuli mistakenly mention his name in her report?

  • Princess Muchekwa - 2014-02-18 18:51

    Making a mistake is wat every human being came acroz at sum stage in life,,bt apologising is another story coz itz nt easy,,give this woman some bells plz

  • Maphoka Mokutle Beloved - 2014-02-18 19:18


  • Banzi Mcasa - 2014-02-18 19:20

    the only public apology that is needed from Thuli is the weave yoh hai ngeke. time for change MaD

      Nelson Poopmore - 2014-02-18 19:30


  • Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2014-02-18 19:44

    "the presidency is alarmed by the SABC error report made by the public protector. This may further prejudise, the findings directed at Mr Motsoeneng and the president may be forced for second opinion from the AG Mr Terrence Nombembe. This means mr Motsoaneng will remain until findings by Mr Nombembe of which the presidency waves Ms Madonsela's report until further notice." Mac

  • Ding Bat - 2014-02-18 19:52

    What a huge blunder!!!. He has not worked there for 14 years. Can we believe anything in the report. Will there be more apologies to other innocent people named in her reports. 14 years phew.

  • Chris Taylor - 2014-02-18 19:59

    Not so fast, everybody. How did the name of an employee from 14 years ago come up as a current complaint? Is the name being used as a ghost worker, fat salary paid to who knows where? Ghost workers have been common in teaching circles, for instance, but this is the first I've heard of where the ghost is getting a salary of over R1 million a year. Impressive theft by someone! Find it, Thuli!

  • Gcina Sotiya - 2014-02-18 20:30

    Where the hell is the Nkandla Report?.....I don't like the sound of this, ANC will surely capitalize on this "mistake"

  • Michel Konings - 2014-02-18 21:26

    Mrs. Madonsella, you are a high placed person with great responsibilities, please be accurate on the persons involved such as Mr Buisson.

  • andre.botha.5458 - 2014-02-19 00:40

    The nkandla report will be a tade-off for 'n contract renewal, "madamsella" and the truth shall set ye free, without a job most propably....number zero will return a hero...

  • FrankMan - 2014-02-19 08:06

    is an error..and she apologised, so what haters

  • Johan Roos - 2014-02-20 10:06

    Maybe he is a ghost worker at the SABC; and somebody is claiming the Ghost workers salaries. ???

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