Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BREAKING. 'Illegal' matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng shows up at SABC meeting at parliament; is asked to leave since he has 'no mandate'.

The matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng - removed as acting chief operating officer (COO) of the SABC by the SABC board although he never left and remained - stunningly turned up at parliament on Tuesday for the SABC's meeting with parliament's oversight body where the "illegal" Hlaudi Motsoeneng was told that he must leave because he "has no mandate to be there".

The SABC made no official announcement that Hlaudi Motsoeneng is "back" as acting COO but he has been basking back in the limelight the past month and a half despite being removed by the former SABC board.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng showed up unexpectedly at the meeting of the SABC board and executive on Tuesday with parliament's portfolio committee on communications, the body tasked with oversight of the beleaguered South African public broadcaster. The SABC appeared to present its third-quarter report as well as its corporate plan for the next three years to parliament.

Zandile Tshabalala, the new chairperson of the new SABC interim board, told parliament that the new SABC board simply "condoned" the reappointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng who reverted back to the position of acting COO at the SABC. "We need a COO." The new interim SABC board did not take any decision to reverse the decision to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed.

"I maintain that any activities he [Hlaudi Motsoeneng] is doing are illegal," said Marian Shinn, the Democratic Alliance member of parliament (MP). "He has no mandate to be where he is. I think he should excuse himself," Marian Shinn said.