A parliamentary inquiry into the public broadcaster’s fitness to hold office heard on Thursday that Communication Minister Faith Muthambi fueled the elevation of Hlaudi Motsoeneng to the position of SABC COO.
Former SABC board member and chairperson of the SABC’s internal audit committee Ronnie Lubisi made this startling revelation while testifying before the inquiry committee.
According to Lubisi, who testified under oath, the minister birthed the idea when she first met with SABC board, shortly after she was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in July 2014.
The former board member recalled that the minister egged on the board to “permanently” confer the appointment on Motsoeneng because he had served as the chief operating officer for “too long”.
“..And in that meeting which we had with the minister, the minister raised concerns about the issue of the acting Chief Operating Officer Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, that he has been acting for too long and that she needed him to be appointed permanently.
But at that point, the Public Protector’s report was not yet addressed and it has made unfavorable findings against Mr. Motsoeneng,” Lubisi stated.
On Wednesday, public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane slammed the SABC before the inquiry committee for ignoring six of her predecessor’s eight remedial actions contained in her report titled When Governance and Ethics Fail.
In the said report, Madonsela recommended that disciplinary proceedings be instituted against then chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for committing a fraud on his CV by claiming he had a matric certificate.
But the SABC board defiantly launched its own “inquiry” into former SABC COO Motsoeneng’s appointment, the so-called inquiry subsequently justified that Motsoeneng was not guilty as disclosed. It also upheld his appointment.
Meanwhile, Public Protector Mkhwebane said her office will soon file a supplementary affidavit in response to the SABC’s decision to take the report on A review.
The inquiry committee met today and interviewed former board members Vuyo Mavuso. However, the last remaining board member Mbulaheni Maguvhe failed to appear before the committee.