Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has now taken up a position as group executive of corporate affairs, on Thursday weighed in on questions pertaining to his academic qualifications.
“By having a certificate, it doesn’t define you as the best person to go and do a better job … What it does is open doors,” he said. Should he go back to school? “The answer is a big no,” said Motsoeneng.
This after SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe made it blatantly clear at the SABC’s headquarters in Joburg yesterday that he was not going anywhere.
The broadcaster’s board was grilled by parliament’s portfolio committee on communications this week, asking it to explain – among other issues – why its beleaguered former chief operating officer, Motsoeneng had been reappointed to a different position.
This was despite the Supreme Court of Appeal’s dismissal of Motsoeneng’s intention to appeal a Western Cape High Court ruling which found his appointment as COO to be unlawful and irrational.
In 2012, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who launched an investigation into his position, found that Motsoeneng had fraudulently misrepresented his qualifications. Standing confidently in front of journalists and some SABC employees in the auditorium at its HQ yesterday, Maguvhe alluded to being bullied by the committee. The board faces a parliamentary inquiry which could see its dissolution.
“Today is the day that I’m going to set the record straight,” Maguvhe began. “Let the inquiry come … I am going nowhere, with or without an inquiry.” Maguvhe did not want to keep anyone “in suspense”. “We are trying to root out corruption … Some people are dreaming of becoming the CEO of this company,” he said, without naming any one.
Maguvhe mentioned two SABC board members who tendered their resignations in parliament – citing Maguvhe’s presentation on Madonsela’s report and her recommendations as “amateurish”.
“A bird whispered in my ear that two members would resign. I was blamed for not responding to a whole host of questions. We were not able to speculate what members of the portfolio wanted.”