SABC’s chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said yesterday his victory from the disciplinary inquiry had quashed questions about his credibility raised by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her report.
Motsoeneng was found not guilty on all three charges, including lying about having matric, at a disciplinary hearing chaired by advocate Willem Edeling on Saturday. He resumed duties at the SABC in Auckland Park yesterday, having been on voluntary leave since mid-October “If I am cleared by the hearing, that means the question about my credibility is no longer an issue,” said Motsoeneng.
The controversial national broadcaster’s boss said he was warmly welcomed by many workers when returning to work. “I am over the moon. It is clear the SABC personnel were missing me. But we have a capable team. They have been doing well while I was not at work.”
Motsoeneng said he would devote time in a project to help former actors start businesses producing television and radio programmes. He said the SABC has invested R600 million for this initiative. Motsoeneng declined to comment when asked what he thought tipped the scales to his victory.