Controversial SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng was in the running to become acting CEO at the broadcaster, but Communications Minister Faith Muthambi opted for Anton Heunis. This is according to a report in the City Press.
The newspaper reported that three names were considered for SABC CEO – acting CEO Tian Olivier, COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Heunis.
The City press reported that there was a “clique of SABC board members to make Motsoeneng the public broadcaster’s acting group CEO”, but that this failed.
According to the City Press, banking executive Frans Matlala is the front runner to become the permanent CEO, which is expected to be appointed next month.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as COO
Current SABC COO Motsoeneng does not have a degree, diploma, or a matric certificate. Motsoeneng is also accused of lying about having a matric certificate.
Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as COO by communications Minister Faith Muthambi in July 2014 came as a shock to many people.
This appointment was also a slap in the face for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who found that Motsoeneng was not fit for the job.
Madonsela’s report found that Motsoeneng had purged senior staff and misrepresented his qualifications to the SABC.
Anton Heunis was investigated
In 2009 then head of audience services Anton Heunis was suspended and investigated after a damning Auditor-General report which recommended disciplinary steps and criminal prosecutions against several employees.
However, there was no evidence to show that Heunis benefitted from corruption at the SABC, and he was hence re-instated.