- Former SABC executive and now political leader, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, didn't have matric, but at least he had people skills
- This is according to the broadcaster's ex-chair Ben Ngubane, who recently had to account for Motsoeneng's rise to the top rung at the state-owned entity
- Ngubane told the state capture inquiry that qualifications had been the least of their concerns when appointing the COO
Ben Ngubane, former chairman at the SABC, told Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that the entity had hired Hlaudi Motsoeneng for his skills, not his qualifications.
BusinessLIVE reports that Motsoeneng had been dubbed a 'troubleshooter' and the right man for the job, which came at a hefty R2 million per year price to the broadcaster.
Without even a matric qualification, Hlaudi managed to ride his charisma to the top tiers of the the state-owned entity, before being fired in 2017 - guilty of bringing the SABC into disrepute.
Ngubane defended the decision to appoint Motsoeneng at the state capture inquiry, claiming that:
"He knew the SABC backwards, he knew exactly who was doing what. What system was being overwritten, how false commissions were being generated. He knew a lot. He was very valuable to us to stop money flowing from the SABC illegally."
Hlaudi Motsoeneng was a “troubleshooter” who had the skills the SABC needed for its COO, even though he did not have the requisite qualifications.
Fin24 reported that Ngubane had been probed on whether or not the entity had been aware of Motsoeneng's lack of qualifications, to which he answered:
"He told us he did not have matric. So we knew that. We did not search for all sorts of things. We knew he did not have matric, but he could do the job. The issue of [matric] symbols did not arise. But the senior people in the SABC saw fit to appoint him."
These people skills were worth a pretty penny to the SABC, who violated regulations in order to pay Hlaudi R211,172 every month.
Briefly.co.za recently noted that the broadcaster is technically insolvent and struggling to honour nearly R2 billion in debt.
The entity has also begun the process to recover around R21 million from Motsoeneng himself, claiming he had illegally looted the funds which he has denied, crying a conspiracy to tarnish his reputation.
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