Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC’s most famous dogged officer will likely face fresh charges over his controversial press conference held last Wednesday.
On Monday, his lawyer, Zola Majavu affirmed that they received a letter from the public broadcaster on Friday, enumerating possible charges he might face following the press conference.
However, Majavu says “Once that has happened, we will leave it to the SABC board to then decide what it is that they want to do. For now, we are not going to enter the public frame about it, other than to confirm that he did receive the letter. I don’t know whether to make a charge sheet or not, but there was a letter which records steps the SABC intends taking.”
Last Wednesday, Motsoeneng engaged reporters on a two-hour press briefing on his achievements in SABC – which includes his 90% local music policy and all whatnots.
Whether said on a lighter note or not, he sent many ribs cracking when he mentioned that the people love him and would vote for him if he runs for the post of a president.
Worst of all, he slammed the public broadcaster and its interim board, saying the board lacks integrity and is conflicted.
According to the SABC, Motsoeneng’s press briefing violated the broadcaster’s code of conduct, which bars employees from engaging the media without the broadcaster’s consent.
The former COO’s disturbing conference was also condemned on Monday by Parliament’s communications committee during a meeting with SABC interim board.
Mathatha Tsedu, who is the deputy chairperson of the interim board told the committee that the matter must not be taken lightly while SABC acting CEO James Aguma described Motsoeneng’s utterances as ill-disciplined.
ANC MP Mziwamadoda Kalako said Hlaudi is a “lunatic” and queried the SABC for retaining him despite his rudeness.
However, it’s not yet clear how these charges will be handled since Motsoeneng is already on suspension after the Western Cape High Court found that his appointment as COO was both unlawful and unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, Hlaudi Motsoeneng was given until Monday to respond to the letter.