WHITENOISE Part 2: Motsoeneng appointment “astonishing” - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Communications, Gavin Davis, has called troubled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chairwoman, Ellen Tshabalala’s decision to appoint the national broadcaster’s controversial chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng as its acting CEO, “an unholy alliance between two deeply compromised individuals.”

“The mind boggles at this astonishing transgression of good governance prescripts,” Davis wrote on the party’s website, after reports in the Sunday Times and CityPress yesterday emerged, claiming that Motsoeneng would serve as temporary replacement for regular CEO, Anton Heunis, due to the latter being in poor health.

“No rational Chairperson would delegate the powers of CEO to Motsoeneng in the face of several damning findings against him,” Davis wrote, referring to the allegations that Motsoeneng had lied about his academic qualifications.

“The fact is that neither Tshabalala nor Motsoeneng should be in office making decisions that affect the future of the SABC. Yet they now appear to be consolidating their grip on the public broadcaster”.

Davis also stated that “Motsoeneng clearly has a hold over Ellen Tshabalala,” and that she “needs as many powerful allies as she can muster to survive the qualifications scandal she is engulfed in. She should not be in a position to abuse her power in a way that advantages her”.

Last week, Tshabalala was denied the granting of an October 23rd interim interdict by the Western Cape High Court, into claims that she misrepresented the qualifications on her CV.

Similarly, a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in February, found that Motsoeneng had also lied about his matric credentials, and that shortly after his appointment, had raised his salary from R1.5-million to R2.4-million a year.

 

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