SABC asked to suspend search for COO

2012-01-30 22:46

Johannesburg -The SABC has been asked to suspend its search for a chief operating officer, the communication ministry said on Monday.

Communications Minister Dina Pule had made the request to the board after reading a newspaper report on the process being followed to fill the position, said ministry spokesperson Siyabulela Qoza.

"The minister immediately requested the board to suspend the current search and to follow a normal and wider executive appointment process," he said.

"She wants to make sure the process is fair and that all applicants are considered." Qoza said he did not know if the SABC had acted on Pule's request.

Sapa was unable to reach SABC spokesperson Kaiser Kganyago on Monday afternoon.

The Sunday Independent reported that Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who was "an ANC deployee at the SABC" and a supporter of President Jacob Zuma, was set to get the job.

The position, the second most powerful post at the organisation, had been advertised only internally and applicants had been given just three working days to apply, the newspaper reported.


Motsoeneng was apparently going to get the job despite not having a matric certificate or top management experience. SABC chief executive Lulama Mokhobo reportedly said a matric certificate was not a requirement for the post.

The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) has called for Motsoaneng's permanent appointment.

He had the CWU's support because he had worked for the SABC since the 1990s and "understood the needs and frustrations of journalists", union spokesperson Matankana Mothapo said.

"He has always been a fine worker and, since his appointment as acting COO, he has made changes for the better," Mothapo said in an interview.

The union represents 50 000 workers in the information, communications and technology sector.


Qoza said Pule had also noted media reports on the settlement between the SA Post Office (Sapo) and its outgoing chief executive Motshoanetsi Lefoka.

Last week, Sapo said it reached a "mutually agreed separation" from Lefoka, but declined to comment on the details of agreement.

"The details of the agreement between Sapo and Ms Lefoka are subject to legal processes and guidelines.

"A public disclosure of the terms of the settlement at this stage would constitute a breach of this agreement," Qoza said.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-30 23:22

    "SABC asked to suspend search for COO" The COO COO gone? Gone COO COO ?

  • Marcell - 2012-01-30 23:23

    What is the difference between government and sabc?

      Hallo - 2012-01-30 23:35

      Same as there always was.

  • Hallo - 2012-01-30 23:38

    News24 show their class with the mess they have made of the frontpage.

  • John - 2012-01-31 00:42

    I think we All help to communications minister Dina Pule. I bet they were reading 24news also....nice one Now they will select at least someone that realy deserves this position based on education and experience.

      Thabiso - 2012-01-31 13:47

      yes the power of media helped in combating the blatant cadre deployment that was this appointment. Sad though that soon the media will be unable to give the public such news.

  • Terco - 2012-01-31 01:29

    """Communication Workers' Union (CWU) has called for Motsoaneng's permanent appointment.""" ....HA HA HA HA HA..........and COSATU????? for corruptiion?????????.........HA HA HA HA HA..........

  • wesleywt - 2012-01-31 05:05

    This is why the SABC will never ever make money again. Too many morons spoil the broth.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-31 05:08

    "SABC to suspend search for COO" Why ? Have the primary schools in the area objected ?

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-31 06:10

    No wonder these days SABC seems to be an ANC Closed Circut Televivision (CCTV). With these bunch of incompetent deployees, the South African Bunch of Clowns would continue to serve as propaganda machine.

      louisdiemasjien - 2012-01-31 06:16

      Well put!

      Mike - 2012-01-31 09:27

      I think a name change for the SABC should be in order - simply name them SANC from now on!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-01-31 06:23

    He is a member of the ANC and a friend of Zuma , better qualifications you could not ask for .

  • Tony - 2012-01-31 06:31

    Well done Mrs Pule, - but one thing worries me - and it should worry you too ...... If you are the Minister of COMMUNICATION ,, how come this was communicated to you via a third party ,,,, viz. the newspaper???

  • Kylie - 2012-01-31 07:13

    Oh well, if the person running SA hasn't got a matric, why should the person 2nd in charge at the SABC have one!

  • Leon - 2012-01-31 07:24

    What is the SABC?

  • naude.andrea - 2012-01-31 07:31

    This whole fiasco smacks of ineptitude, stupidity and plainly put - ridiculous big-headed pathetic ANC government of this country. It will be not too long before a boycott against TV licence payment will surface again. Honestly how stupid can one be to appoint a person with NO QUALIFICATIONS????????

  • Paul - 2012-01-31 07:34

    How can a matric certificate not be necessary ?! That is like saying flying a plane does not require a pilot's license. The university of life and hard knocks is not a substitute for proving the grey matter in your brain keeps your intellect functioning well. You need to at least prove the grey matter can process thoughts intelligently, and place into context with some for of science, be it managerial or other. Come on.

  • Ian - 2012-01-31 07:53

    SURE a matric certificate is not a requirement. BUT wouldn't it be nice to know(debatable as a result of our education standards) that the person can at least read and write? Wouldn't it also be nice and preferable if the person had some form of Media Degree and AT THE VERY LEAST a managerial diploma or degree or certification of some sort? I honestly don't know if the applicant (apparently Motsoeneng?) has any of those, but seeing no matric - I don't feel confident that Motsoeneng will have any of the others either.

  • Deon - 2012-01-31 09:01

    That was the right thing to do, now the tea lady with matric can apply, LMAO!!!

  • nshinga1 - 2012-01-31 09:04

    This is nonsense to consider a person who lacks educational qualifications for such a powerfull position. This guy had plenty of time to acquire the necessary education to accuratelt position him for this position. A nurse is knows most of what the doctors do as they work with them day in, day out; but they are not called doctors coz they dont have the papers that give them authority. nxa

  • sibusiso.mpofu1 - 2012-01-31 09:26

    It never rains but it pours! We tell all youth that education is key then turn around and say qualifications are not relevant! WTF is wrong up there? Why keep the Post Office matter secret? Another payout I guess! Our government is clueless, hence the failure of Nkosazana at the AU! These gaffes by our politicians affects us all, albeit differently! Kuyash'eAzania!

  • Pam - 2012-01-31 09:38

    To be a receptionist (answer phone etc), you need matric!! But not be COO. I'm obviously aiming to low. haha

  • Shirley - 2012-01-31 10:03

    It seems that intelligence is definately not a requirement when seeking an anc affiliated position. As long as you know how to count,manipulate,fill in deposit slips and wear a Gucci suit you are the man! Sabc/anc is six of 1 and half a dozen of the other. One big cahooting clique!

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-31 12:44

    Has the Secrecy Bill come into place?? I noted valid comments are being deleted, just wondering.

  • Tebalo - 2012-01-31 13:39

    Well-done Pule.Zuma wants to fill al posts with ignoramuses(is this a word?) like him.Where have you ever seen such a high profile post filled by a person who has had such a short encounter with education? Or maybe Zuma finds it easy to talk/converse with such people because they all speak Zuinglish!!!!!! hahahaha

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