The SABC has given Hlaudi Motsoeneng his old job back.
At a media briefing yesterday, the South African Broadcasting Corporation announced that controversial former chief operations officer (COO), would be reverting to his position as group executive of corporate affairs.
This comes after the Supreme Court Appeal’s (SCA) decision to deny Motsoeneng leave to appeal a high court ruling invalidating his permanent appointment as COO two years ago.
SABC chairperson Mbulaheni Maghuve said Motsoeneng would get his former position as GE of Corporate Affairs, but was free to apply for the COO position once it was advertised.
“Today is the day that I want to set the record straight. That record is that there is a perception being created by an opposition party and the media that the SABC doesn’t respect our legal institution,” Maghuve said.
“We respect our legal institutions, amongst them the Public Protector’s office and our courts. We adhered to the Public Protector’s recommendations to discipline our COO, but Mr Motsoeneng was cleared, only the processes were not followed.”
“If requirements are met and due processes are followed, there is nothing that stops Mr Motsoeneng from applying if he so wishes. He has done well for this organisation. He has raised funds for us, and local content has been preferred over others, benefiting our communities.
SABC is set to announce a R500 million loss in the last financial year when it tables its 2015/16 annual report on Thursday.