SABC strongman Hlaudi Motsoeneng was fired on Monday from the public broadcaster following recommendations after an independent disciplinary hearing.
The arrogant employee was finally shown the exit door for trying to turn the SABC into a private fiefdom. Although the SABC’s interim board has started coming to terms with the havoc he inflicted, the news of his exit alone was a relief to many.
Hlaudi’s end of time in SABC was marked the very day he boasted in front of the media that he would prevail in his disciplinary hearing.
The press conference was aired sometime April and BuzzSouthAfrica recalls the strongman saying “For me, it is the beginning of the world. For me, it is the beginning of Hlaudi.”
Hlaudi’s disciplinary hearing was led by Nazeer Cassim and the team concluded its sitting by recommending Motsoeneng’s dismissal on Monday.
Following his dismissal, we gathered that the SABC strongman will not receive a golden handshake, but will instead serve a month’s notice before permanently exiting the public broadcaster.
The chairperson of the SABC interim board Khanyisile Kweyama stated this in a meeting between the SABC and the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on communications.
Kweyama buttressed that decision to hand over a month notice to the humiliated staff was to allow the SABC finalise the disciplinary process around the public protector’s report findings.
In 2014, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had found guilty of purging staff, taking multiple salary increases and lying about having his matric certificate. Multiple courts also ruled that his appointments as SABC as COO and then the chief executive for corporate affairs were irregular.
Nevertheless, Kweyama disclosed that the SABC board has issued Motsoeneng with the charges relating to Madonsela’s finding and has given him 10 days in which to respond.
She reiterated that Motsoeneng will not receive any payout and that the R11m bonus he received has been referred to the Special Investigating Unit.
BuzzSouthAfrica understands that the R11m bonus was not performance-related but rather a ‘finder’s fee’ for negotiating the sale of SABC archive material to Multichoice.
Hlaudi’s dismissal was received with much joy across the country, with many describing the purging as fair.
COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem applauded the interim board for cleaning up the SABC, likewise the DA, EFF and Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, who told the committee that she felt Motsoeneng’s dismissal has been ‘fair’.
In the meantime, Motsoeneng has promised to dissect the outcome of the disciplinary inquiry with his legal team. The strongman claimed that he has not seen a copy of the ruling‚ despite his lawyers receiving it.