Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi appointed Hlaudi Motsoeneng permanently as SABC COO, a move none of her predecessors would have dared to make, because his appointment is “useful” for President Jacob Zuma, The Sunday Independent reports.
Motsoeneng, who only has a Grade 11 and is “woefully under-equipped” to run the multi-billion rand public broadcaster, is the perfect man to execute the SABC’s current mandate, which the Independent referred to as painting the ANC and Zuma in a good light.
“He’s not been employed to improve the technical competence of the institution but to make it a mouthpiece of the ruling party,” said the newspaper. “And he has already distinguished himself in that role.”
Despite being in the position of acting COO for 3 years, where he performed “woefully”, Motsoeneng was useful for Zuma in the buildup the ANC’s 2012 Mangaung conference, and Zuma’s rivalry against Kgalema Motlanthe. “The ANC benefited from similar favours during this year’s election campaign.”
Questions around Motsoeneng’s appointment
A report by the Public Protector, published in February, found that Motsoeneng lied about his qualifications, among other irregularities during his time as acting COO.
The report found Motsoeneng’s salary increased from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in one year, that he had purged senior staff, and misrepresented his qualifications — that he passed matric — to the SABC.
The appointment of Motsoeneng as chief operating officer of the SABC has drawn widespread criticism from many quarters, including the DA.
The DA said it will take legal action on the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as chief operating officer of the SABC.
The political party said it has begun the process of serving papers on Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, and the SABC Board.
“There is a strong legal case that Motsoeneng’s appointment was irrational given the Public Protector’s findings,” the political party said.
This comes at a time when SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala faces two separate inquiries – one by Parliament and one by Transnet – after City Press revealed last week she lied in her CV about having qualifications from Unisa.