Following emerging reports that plans are underway to re-appoint axed COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng as acting COO, Communication Minister Faith Muthambi said she has not “formally received” a letter from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to that effect.
Meanwhile, the ministry is aware of a letter requesting that former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng be re-appointed in an acting capacity. However, it has not gotten an official request to carry out the task.
In a statement, Muthambi’s office said;
“The ministry is aware of a letter purporting to be from the SABC‚ suggesting that the board request approval for the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as acting chief operating officer.”
“We want to state categorically that we have not formally received such letter from the SABC board for the minister’s consideration.”
A memo from group company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys to board members proposing that Motsoeneng be appointed acting chief operating officer until December 2016 came to light on Thursday. Thus, Minister Muthambi deemed it necessary to address the issue.
As a result, ministry spokesman Mish Molakeng on Friday said the minister has not been formally asked to reappoint Motsoeneng.
“As the shareholder representative‚ our duty is to wait for the SABC to engage us formally on this matter‚ in line with the mandate of the broadcaster‚” Molakeng said.
“Until such time‚ it would be highly in appropriate for the ministry to make public pronouncements.”
Reports emerged earlier this week that embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng will now report for work as an ordinary employee.
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled to uphold the Western Cape High Court judgment earlier this year. The High Court ruled that his appointment as the COO of the public broadcaster was irrational and must be set aside.
Subsequently, Motsoeneng’s lawyer‚ Zola Majavu‚ reportedly addressed a letter to the SABC board demanding to know his client’s role at the state broadcaster. Majavu also mentioned in the letter that his client was suffering from emotional stress.
However, Motsoeneng appears to be unfazed by the situation. In fact, he promised to deliver his duties at the SABC regardless of position.