Former SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has finally taken his place in broadcaster as the corporation reappointed him the Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.
Motsoeneng, who was supposed to be on suspension based on court orders was reinstated back to his position despite controversial issues surrounding his former appointment.
SABC had in an urgent media briefing on Tuesday, announced the board’s “major decisions” to make Hlaudi Motsoeneng go back to his former job as Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.
The broadcaster’s acting group chief executive, James Aguma announced this saying that other crucial positions at the broadcaster are also filled by acting appointments.
Aguma is acting in the chief executive position while also holding the chief financial officer position on a permanent basis.
The reappointment of Motsoeneng as one of the bosses in the corporation is very crucial especially as it crowns Motsoeneng’s boastful return to the corporation.
Motsoeneng has in some days back, proudly stated that he would in a very short time return to his position in the corporation. He said it was not the first time he was forced to leave the SABC promising that he would come back to the public broadcaster stronger.
“When people were saying Hlaudi is out, you can’t decide for my future. If I leave the SABC, it will not be the first time I left the SABC, and I became stronger and stronger,” he stated while speaking at Mandoza’s funeral.
Meanwhile, the SABC board reportedly wrote to Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, requesting that she re-appoint Motsoeneng.
SABC board chairperson Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe also said Motsoeneng was free to apply for the position of chief operating officer, which he held until Monday when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upheld the Western Cape High Court ruling that Motsoeneng’s appointment to that position was irrational and must be set aside.
This comes after the African National Congress (ANC) urged the minister to respect court rulings, suggesting she would not have political support for such a move.
The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) even called for Motsoeneng’s account to be frozen until he is cleared from the R570m contract allegations.
Sunday press reported that Motsoeneng was paid R11.4-million in commissions or bonuses for facilitating a R500-million deal with MultiChoice to create SABC channels on DStv.
Reacting to his sudden appointment, the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s communications spokesman Phumzile van Damme said the time had come for Parliament to heed the DA’s call for a parliamentary inquiry into the crisis at the SABC.