- National broadcaster, SABC’s former COO, has defended his lack of education claiming that a matric certificate does not equate to competence
- Motsoeneng faced cross examination this week at the CCMA where he is challenging his dismissal from the public broadcaster
- The dismissed former head of SABC said the board member in question, Krish Naidoo, knew very well that after 1994 the government recognised past experience towards a person’s qualifications and had misspoken
Infamous disgraced former SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has defended his lack of formal qualifications at a Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) hearing, saying he was more than qualified for the job from which he was sacked.
As reported by Briefly.co.za previously, Motsoeneng was fired from the public broadcaster and replaced by Chris Maroleng.
A press conference in June last year called by Motsoeneng led to charges that he had brought the SABC into disrepute.
He is now refuting those charged in his challenge against his dismissal at the CCMA in an effort to be reinstated according to reports by TimesLive.co.za.
On Friday, whilst under cross-examination, Motsoneng reportedly took issue with utterances made by former SABC board member, Krish Naidoo.
Naidoo had question why so many professionals at the organisation were afraid of Motsoeneng, who he described as a "high school dropout".
Motsoeneng argued that Naidoo should have known all too well that the post-1994 government recognised experience as part of a person's qualifications. "If you advertise for a post‚ you say a diploma or equivalent experience. I have achieved a lot in my life without matric. Matric does not define me‚" Motsoeneng said.
Motsoeneng added in his argument before the commision that Naidoo had even approved the SABC's annual report containing his qualifications, asking, "how can I then be a dropout?"
Earlier this week Naidoo had told the commission that he was considering legal action against Motsoeneng for defamation.
"Mr Motsoeneng called me a sell-out when he did a public address in April last year‚ and in political terms a sell-out has a very particular connotation. It means that someone sold out‚ can't be trusted and you're a traitor‚ so I have been contemplating over the last few months whether I shouldn't sue him for this‚" Naidoo said on Tuesday.
However Motsoeneng said the meaning of the word "sell-out" had changed from the past and within the present context simply meant someone had changed their mind about something they said in private and said something different in public.
Motsoeneng was also reported as sharing the opinion that the current financial hardships the broadcaster is suffering was as a result of his dismissal.
Questioned about whether he felt the chairman of his disciplinary hearing had acted fairly, Motsoneng didn’t answer, but did say the SABC knew that he had performed his duties.
Motsoeneng is being supported in his hearing at the CCMA by Black First Land First (BLF) leadership who applauded his 90% local content rule which he instituted during his tenure.
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