- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has his hands full today with Hlaudi Motsoeneng
- The former SABC COO has taken the stand to testify over his lack of qualifications despite his high position at the state-owned entity
- Motsoeneng is adamant that he had never claimed to be in possession of a matric certificate, saying he had tried and failed to pass at age 23
Hlaudi Motsoeneng has, at the very least, managed to liven things up at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that a former SABC chair had revealed Motsoeneng had been appointed as chief operating officer at the state-owned entity for his 'people skills', not his qualifications.
Motsoeneng presented himself before the inquiry to back this testimony up, adamant that it had been a well-known fact that he had never completed his final year of schooling.
Hlaudi admitted that he had attempted to finish his twelfth year at 23, but had failed dismally:
“I have written matric … but …. I, I … didn’t pass that matric."
Under any other circumstances, perhaps it would have been plausible that the entertaining character that is Hlaudi could have risen to the top position, with it's R2 million a year paycheck.
However, the grim state of the broadcaster coupled with allegations of executives abusing power is a stark contrast to Hlaudi's cavalier attitude.
The SABC is currently technically insolvent, with taxpayers likely to carry the entity's R1.8 billion debt burden... and Hlaudi?
Hlaudi is facing a lawsuit over the millions he allegedly looted from the public enterprise's coiffers.
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