Controversial SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been appointed as SABC acting CEO from 13 November to 22 November 2014 by chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala. This is according to a report in the Sunday Times.
The appointment comes despite a ruling from the Western Cape High Court on 24 October that Motsoeneng must face a disciplinary hearing and be suspended with full pay.
“The board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation Limited shall, within 14 calendar days of the date of this order, commence, by way of serving on him a notice of charges, disciplinary proceedings against… Mr George Hlaudi Motsoeneng,” Judge Ashton Schippers said in his order.
“Pending the finalisation of the disciplinary proceedings… [Motsoeneng] shall be suspended on full pay,” Schippers said.
However, the Sunday Times published a letter in which Tshabalala appointed Motsoeneng as acting CEO at the SABC, with the authority to undertake the duties and functions of the position.
“The move comes just in time for the controversial chief operating officer to make three key appointments — to head up news, sport, and stakeholder relations and provinces — for which he interviewed candidates on Thursday and Friday,” the Sunday Times reported.
“He has also been accused of trying to get the SABC’s IT and infrastructure division to deviate from normal procurement processes,” the report added.
This development comes at a time when Motsoeneng and Tshabalala are under fire for allegedly lying about their qualifications.
Last week (12 November) Tshabalala lost her court bid to halt a parliamentary inquiry into whether she lied about her qualifications.
Tshabalala had sought an order interdicting Parliament’s communications portfolio committee from continuing with the inquiry.
The full report is available in the Sunday Times newspaper.