Thu Apr 24 13:58:11 SAST 2014

Faking it, raking in

Apr 8, 2012 | Reports by Mduduzi Dlamini |

R1.7m salary for no matric SABC boss

ODD: Hlaudi Motsoeneng (left) stepped into the post vacated by Solly Mokoetle (right) in 2006. Picture by Martin Rhodes
HANDLING IT: SABC staffers have laid a complaint with Thuli Madonsela. Picture by Russell Roberts

SABC "strongman" Hlaudi Motsoeneng is the man behind all SABC's operations - yet he can't even produce a matric certificate.

And though he allegedly earns in the region of R2m a year, he is not even computer literate.

In 2002, an investigation by Deloitte & Touche described Motsoeneng as "semi literate journalist" and recommended that he be removed as senior specialist producer.

This is the man, SABC insiders insist, calls the shots and is the broadcaster's de facto CEO.

As news emerged this week of how angry SABC staffers have lodged a complaint with the Public Protector (Thuli Madonsela) against the 43-year-old Motsoeneng, many South Africans began to wonder how exactly Motsoeneng landed the job as SABC acting COO when he didn't even have a matric qualification.

The complaint lodged with Madonsela's office gives a glimpse of Motsoeneng's SABC history.

"Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng had previously indicated he had a matric certificate," the affidavit reads.

"This is evident from the communication he had initially with the then HR officer for Bloemfontein, Ms Marie Swanepoel, when he first joined the SABC.

"Subsequent requests by Helena Botes insisting that he must produce the certificate resulted in a revolt in the Bloemfontein office."

The human resources manager, Paul Tati, apparently later gave him an ultimatum to submit the certificate or face disciplinary action.

"Over and above this Mr Tati wrote to Mr Motsoeneng indicating that he was still waiting for his certificate and that his failure to produce one would result in his standing in the organisation being jeopardised."

In response, Motsoeneng allegedly wrote to Tati suggesting that he was still searching for the certificate but he has of late said that he never claimed he had a matric.

However, piles of documents in Sunday World's possession and various other sources show that Motsoeneng did originally claim to have a matric when he was first employed by the SABC in 1995.

In that year Motsoeneng filled in a form which he stated that he had done his matric in 1991 at Metsi Matsho High School.

He also filled in a form in which he listed five matric subjects that he claimed to have done in 1991 in fulfilment of the requirements for a matric pass. Motsoeneng's copy of his matric certificate was obviously fraudulent as matric can only be passed with a minimum of six subjects.

"The above evidence," according to the complaint, " is in stark contrast to the views expressed by Mr Motsoeneng, members of the board and Minister of Communications Ms Dina Pule that he never pretended that he had a matric."

Motsoeneng's CV also claims he was communications boss in the Northern Cape office of MEC of Economic Affairs. SABC staffers say this claim "suggests that the matric certificate incident is not the only one in his history of misrepresenting his qualifications".

dlaminimd@sundayworld.co.za

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