SABC board asks Muthambi to appoint Motsoeneng as acting COO

The SABC board has asked Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to appoint former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng as its acting COO until December.

The board resolved that he be appointed acting COO as of September 19.

In a letter to board members dated September 19, the SABC’s group company secretary said: “Clause 13.7.1 of the Memorandum of Incorporation stipulates that, the Board may in writing appoint any senior member of the Corporation who it deems fit, and the Minister shall approve the appointment of any such senior employee to act as COO or CFO.

“Since the next Board meeting is scheduled for 28 October 2016 the Board is requested to recommend that the Honourable Minister approves the appointment of Mr G H Motsoeneng as the Acting COO for the period 19 September 2016 to 18 December 2016 on a Round Robin basis.

“The appointment of the Acting COO will be tabled at the next board meeting for ratification.”

Asked for comment, Motsoeneng said he was not speaking to media.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the board never communicated such a decision to him.

“I will comment when everything is finalised. It will remain a rumour,” Kganyago said.

On Tuesday, Motsoeneng reported for duty at the public broadcaster an “ordinary employee”, after the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected his bid for leave to appeal against a High Court ruling that set aside his permanent appointment.

“He tended to his services this morning,” his lawyer Zola Majavu told News24 at the time.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in a report released in February 2014, that Motsoeneng lied about his qualifications when he applied for the post of COO, that he hiked his salary from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year, and purged senior staff.

Despite these adverse findings, Muthambi confirmed his permanent appointment by the board.

In November 2015, the Western Cape High Court found Motsoeneng’s appointment was irrational and unlawful and set it aside. The DA brought the application.

The DA got a court order forcing the SABC to hold a disciplinary hearing against him, but he was cleared of the charges in December 2015.

On May 23 this year, Judge Dennis Davis dismissed his application for leave to appeal. Motsoeneng then approached the SCA.

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