There's swift and widespread condemnation and shock over the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, embroiled in multiple maladministration charges in a scathing report from South Africa's Public Protector released earlier this year which stated that "Hlaudi Motsoeneng should never have been appointed at the SABC".
The position was not advertised and has suddenly been been given to Hlaudi Motsoeneng after a seven to five vote by the SABC board after Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been acting in the position for two and a half years.
The previous time the position was advertised in January 2012, it listed as a requirement tertiary qualifications which Hlaudi Motsoeneng doesn't have.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng doesn't have a matric certificate and in a recorded interview with the Public Protector admitted that he lied that he had one, and that he made up symbols for a certificate he knew he couldn't produce.
On SABC News on the SABC's flagship news show on SABC3 on Wednesday evening Ellen Zandile Tshabalala told reporter Chriselda Lewis in a non-sensical quote for television that ""I believe that if you're changing anything, you're not going to make friends. If you change something for the good you will attract negativity".
Ellen Zandile Tshabalala told SABC News that "the two other SABC positions have been advertised - CEO and CFO and it's a different situation with Hlaudi Motsoeneng who has acted much above the term of acting position as far as it's laid down by the law".
The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, in an interview on Wednesday evening on eNCA (DStv 403) said Hlaudi Motsoeneng "lied to the SABC about having a matric certificate" and "that Hlaudi Motsoeneng doesn't have those qualifications. One of them was a tertiary degree which he doesn't have".
Thuli Madonsela told eNCA that Ellen Zandile Tshabalala was supposed to give the Public Protector's office an implementation plan of what the SABC is going to do about the Hlaudi Motsoeneng situation.
"She was supposed to do that in 30 days. Five months down the line I'm still waiting for just a simple plan that indicated what Ellen Zandile Tshabalala is going to do".