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AS IT HAPPENED | 'It was my job to interfere' - Motsoeneng explains reasoning behind SABC protest coverage ban at #StateCaptureInquiry

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo chairs the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture. (Felix Dlangamandla/Gallo Images)
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo chairs the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture. (Felix Dlangamandla/Gallo Images)

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10 Sep 2019

Advocate Norman pauses Motsoeneng's testimony for now and confers with Zondo, who decides to adjourn proceedings for the day. 

Proceedings will resume at 10:00 tomorrow.

10 Sep 2019

Motsoeneng: "I did hear when they were testifying, to say I was interfering... it was my job to interfere!"

Motsoeneng: "I just want to demonstrate, it was my job to interfere, because their argument is they are independent. The question that we need to ask, chairperson, independent to who? If they are independent."

Motsoeneng says in the "broadcasting act" it is clear about the independence of the broadcasters, as an organisation, and not individuals.

10 Sep 2019

Motsoeneng now explains his reasoning behind insisting on South African content at the SABC, during his time as COO.

"Local content is lekker, and we as South Africans must invest in local content," Motsoeneng tells Zondo.

10 Sep 2019

Back from the short break, Advocate Norman continues with Motsoeneng's evidence.

10 Sep 2019

Zondo calls for a short adjournment. Back in five minutes.

10 Sep 2019

It is established that Motsoeneng was permanently appointed as COO around July 2014. He had been acting COO since 2011. 

Motsoeneng says when he heard he had been permanently appointed as COO, he was "very happy" and had plans to transform the country and the SABC.

10 Sep 2019

'I never lied about matric certificate,' Hlaudi Motsoeneng tells state capture inquiry

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has told the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture that he never lied to the public broadcaster about his qualifications.

Testifying before inquiry chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Motsoeneng said it was an "insult" for people to say he had lied about his matric certificate. 

"I never lied, chairperson. God knows, I never lied. Those people who have employed me, they know," he said. 

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10 Sep 2019

Motsoeneng says he admitted that he should not have taken Marie Swanepoel's advice about filling in forms at the SABC, but he never admitted that he lied about not having a matric certificate. 

Marie Swanepoel appears to have been an HR officer at the SABC at the time.

10 Sep 2019

African Content Movement (ACM) supporters at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, to support Hlaudi Motsoeneng. (Jeanette Chabalala/News24)

<p><em>African Content Movement (ACM) supporters at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, to support Hlaudi Motsoeneng. (Jeanette Chabalala/News24)</em></p>

10 Sep 2019

Motsoeneng again emphasises that he never lied about having a matric certificate. 

"I have never agreed with the Public Protector (Thuli Madonsela) that I lied on my matric issue," he says.

10 Sep 2019

Advocate Norman mentions the time to Zondo, and he calls for the lunch adjournment. 

Back at 14:00.

10 Sep 2019

An affidavit from Alwyn Kloppers is read out, and in it, Kloppers says that Motsoeneng never lied to the SABC about having a matric certificate.

10 Sep 2019

Motsoeneng: "I never lied, chairperson. God knows, I never lied. Those people who have employed me, they know."

Motsoeneng tells Zondo he has won many awards within the SABC, and says he was never afraid of measuring up against people with qualifications.

Motsoeneng: "In my view, chairperson, I'm very educated. I'm very educated."

Motsoeneng says if you check all the (board meeting) minutes of the SABC, 70% of the resolutions of the board, or EXCO, "I'm the main man, influencing the decisions within the SABC. So that shows that I'm capable, I have skills."

10 Sep 2019

Van Vuuren has completed his testimony and has been excused. Motsoeneng is expected to begin with his testimony after the morning tea adjournment.

10 Sep 2019

ICYMI: 

Motsoeneng's qualifications were irrelevant in his appointment at SABC – ex-board chair 

Former SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane has said that despite not having a matric qualification, Hlaudi Motsoeneng was appointed to executive positions at the state broadcaster because of his sterling track record.

Ngubane was on Monday testifying at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, which is led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. The inquiry is currently investigating allegations of corruption and fraud at the public broadcaster.

The former board chairperson was providing evidence on the circumstances surrounding former SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Earlier Ngubane told the commission that Motsoeneng was appointed because he was a skilled communicator and troubleshooter.

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