SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng was “born to lead”, and will fight a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgement that he be suspended for 60 days while a disciplinary hearing into his alleged breaches of conduct is undertaken.
This is according to a report in the Sunday Times.
“Some leaders are born. Like myself, I am a born leader, so you can’t take that away from me. I have been leading from a young age. From Standard 3 I was a leader, even leading my own teachers,” said Motsoeneng to the newspaper.
“I was leading them in matters I can’t reveal here… even now I am still leading them.”
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Motsoeneng’s statement follows the SCA recently dismissing an application by him, the SABC, and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to set aside a ruling by the High Court that upheld Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that action be taken against the SABC COO for receiving exorbitant salary increases and forging his matric qualification.
“The SABC has instructed its lawyers to lodge an urgent appeal with the Constitutional Court‚ in regards to the Judgement laid down by the Supreme Court of Appeal‚” the broadcaster said following the SCA ruling.
Motsoeneng said he has turned the SABC around from being broke to an organisation that “was thriving”. These claims have been disputed.
This did not stop from Motsoeneng from receiving a massive pay increase in the past financial year, though, which was revealed in the SABC’s recent annual report.
The report revealed that Motsoeneng’s salary increased from R2,872,000 to R3,784,000, including bonuses – despite the rulings that he be suspended.
The full report is available in the Sunday Times – 11 October 2015 edition.