“I am stress free”, former SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng told mourners at Mandoza’s funeral on Friday.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng
Hlaudi Motsoeneng

“I hear people saying Hlaudi is stressed. Hlaudi is stress free. If I was stressed, I wouldn’t be able to deliver what I want to deliver. Maybe you are stressed yourself because Hlaudi is delivering.”

Motsoeneng has been mum following the dismissal for his application for leave to appeal against a ruling to set aside his appointment as the COO at the public broadcaster.

He said it was not the first time he was forced to leave the SABC promising that he would come back to the public broadcaster stronger.
“When people were saying Hlaudi is out, you can’t decide for my future. If I leave the SABC, it will not be the first time I left the SABC, and I became stronger and stronger.”

Motsoeneng said he had delivered as the COO of the SABC. He said during his tenure, ordinary workers at the SABC were paid earnestly. He said he was happy to go back to the SABC as an ordinary worker.

“When I was born I was an ordinary. I want to make sure that ordinary delivers. It doesn’t matter what position I am occupying. When SABC dismissed me it was because I was empowering workers.”

Ordinary employee

On Tuesday, Motsoeneng reported for duty at the public broadcaster an “ordinary employee”, after the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected his bid for leave to appeal against a High Court ruling that set aside his permanent appointment.

“He tended to his services this morning,” his lawyer Zola Majavu told News24 at the time.

The SABC board then recommend to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi that she appoint former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng as acting COO until December.

This comes after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in a report released in February 2014 that Motsoeneng lied about his qualifications when he applied for the post of COO, that he hiked his salary from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year, and purged senior staff.

Despite these adverse findings, Muthambi confirmed his permanent appointment by the board.

In November 2015, the Western Cape High Court found Motsoeneng’s appointment was irrational and unlawful and set it aside. The DA brought the application.

The DA got a court order forcing the SABC to hold a disciplinary hearing against him, but he was cleared of the charges in December 2015.

On May 23 this year, Judge Dennis Davis dismissed his application for leave to appeal. Motsoeneng then approached the SCA.

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