It’s been said that former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng isn’t educationally qualified for his position at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
After the many face-offs, Motsoeneng’s reign as SABC’s COO triggered, the Supreme Court of Appeal in September, discarded Motsoeneng’s appointment as the chief operating officer.
But then, SABC board deployed Motsoeneng to another position to function as the group executive for corporate affairs. That caused a large outcry which landed the SABC board before Parliament to account for the controversial reappointment of Motsoeneng.
Among the issues the Parliamentary portfolio committee on communications inquired about, was Motsoeneng’s education. Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Motsoeneng lied about his matric certificate.
Motsoeneng got an opportunity to speak on the issue during a media briefing in Johannesburg after the Parliamentary inquiry.
Speaking, he acknowledged the importance of education but affirmed that he won’t go back to school for whatever reason.
“Coming to the issue of should I go back to school,” he said, “the answer is a big no because I’m able to do everything that I can do. I am able to beat all those people with degrees.
“I understand the importance of education” he continued, “I employ people with education but having a certificate doesn’t qualify you to be the best, it just opens doors for you in the organization.”
At the Parliamentary inquiry, Motsoeneng bragged that he can survive without the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
He said: “I can make sure I come with my own company and employ half of the SABC staff. Even if I lose my job, within five days I’ll be employed again.”
According to Motsoeneng, he’s been persecuted because he initiated a major move of using SABC’s resources for transformation.
“We said, let’s use that money to empower our own black people. Now that we’re paying black people, there’s a crisis at the SABC,” he said.