An­other plum job for Hlaudi

Sunday World - - News - BATLILE PHALADI pha­l­adib@sun­day­world.co.za

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL SABC Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer (COO) Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng has taken an­other boss seat at the pub­lic broad­caster.

SABC in­sid­ers close to the board of di­rec­tors in­formed Sun­day World that Mot­soe­neng was on Fri­day ap­pointed as the new group ex­ec­u­tive of cor­po­rate af­fairs start­ing in the new week.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what would hap­pen to in­cum­bent head of cor­po­rate af­fairs Bessie Thug­wana, sources said.

Mot­soe­neng was re­moved from the COO po­si­tion af­ter the Supreme Court of Ap­peal dis­missed his bid to ap­peal a rul­ing by the High Court in Cape Town, which found that his ap­point­ment as COO was ir­ra­tional and must be set aside.

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said he could not con­firm nor deny claims of Mot­soe­neng ’ s ap­point­ment.

“For now, all the claims can re­main as they are. We are wait­ing for the lawyers to come back to the ex­ec­u­tive board so that the fi­nal de­ci­sion can be made,” said Kganyago.

He said an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment would be made once the board had made a de­ci­sion. An in­sider said the board de­cided they could not let go of Mot­soe­neng af­ter the court ’ s de­ci­sion. “The board said although they re­spected the de­ci­sion of the court to re­move Hlaudi as the COO, they can­not re­move him from the SABC,” she said. Mot­soe­neng bragged dur­ing kwaito leg­end Man­doza ’ s fu­neral on Fri­day that the court ’ s de­ci­sion did not stress him. “Even if I get re­moved as the COO and given an­other po­si­tion, I have brought a pos­i­tive change to the broad­caster, ” he said. Mot­soe­neng rub­bished claims that he was stressed. “’I m not stressed. Why should I stress? I have im­ple­mented a lot of changes that are ben­e­fit­ing artists in the coun­try. I even have meet­ings with African pres­i­dents which I will not name about the 90% mu­sic quota be­cause they are im­pressed by the SABC im­ple­men­ta­tions. “’I m not boast­ing or any­thing but I don ’ t speak English to think I ’ m in­tel­li­gent. I im­ple­ment, now those coun­tries want to do what I did in South Africa,” he said. Mot­soe­neng ’ s ca­reer started in the late 1990s when he worked as a free­lance re­porter for Lesedi FM. In 2005, he be­came the pro­ducer of cur­rent af­fairs pro­grammes at the sta­tion Lesedi FM be­fore land­ing the plum job of stake­holder re­la­tions at the SABC in 2011.

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