Controversial SABC employee Hlaudi Motsoeneng says that he will reapply to be COO of the public broadcaster when the opportunity arises – and in the meantime he will serve in his previous role as group executive of corporate affairs.
He made the announcement at a press briefing held on Tuesday, where he said he was respecting the ruling made by the courts.
However, he stressed that the court’s ruling saying he should be removed as COO was referring to the process of his appointment, not himself, personally. “They didn’t have a problem with Hlaudi,” he said, “The media always looks past this.”
He also said that the real issue was “serious allegations” from the Public Protector.
Motsoeneng said that he would reapply for the position of COO – “It is a given that I will apply. And I am qualified,” he said.
He also took the opportunity to sing his own praises, crediting himself with single-handedly saving the broadcaster from disaster.
“I want to applaud those people who recognise this wonderful person called Hlaudi Motsoeneng,” he said. “I will perform miracles in any position.”
“As an individual I accept the court ruling. I accept that SABC should follow proper process and I am going to apply. I believe were I am I do miracles.”
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, which also dismissed the case.