Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Still Fighting: Hlaudi Motsoeneng takes SABC to CCMA

Hlaudi Motsoeneng somehow is not yet completely irrelevant. Beleive it or not, he is still fighting the SABC. We have all the details…

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Remember Hlaudi Motsoeneng? That guy who was the SABC COO, did multiple terrible dealings with the Guptas and basically turned the SABC into a censored media house? Yes, that guy has long been out of the SABC but somehow he is still involved in challenging his dismissal.

The SABC themselves are reporting that Motseoneng will challenge the broadcaster at the CCMA on Monday. Conciliation had been taking place since last year but the two parties failed to reach an agreement.

Motsoeneng was fired after he was found by a disciplinary committee to have violated the broadcaster’s code of conduct. How? Well, he called an SABC press conference and went on a typical Hlaudi bizarre rant.

Motsoeneng was also implicated in the Public Protectors report after a ludicrous R10 million bonus scandal.

90% nightmare

Motsoeneng was the man who implemented the 90% local content rule. Although initially admired by local content creators, the plan saw viewers and advertising revenue retreat in rapid time.

“They [the reasons] were misconduct. They were bringing the SABC into disrepute and also the relationship breakdown between employer and the employee based on the statements he made about the SABC board‚ the ad hoc committee in parliament‚ as well as the judge who presided over some matters‚” Interim board chairman Khanyisile Kweyama explained Hlaudi’s sacking at the time.

Motsoeneng’s lawyers told the SABC this week that they expect the matter to be resolved in the next few days.

Since the axe fell on Hlaudi’s head, a new COO was officially appointed. Former news anchor and MTN group executive of corporate affairs Chris Maroleng’s appointment has been welcomed by all media insiders.

Maroleng has been described as an honest, straightforward man who has all the skills to run the SABC.

Let’s just hope Hlaudi doesn’t find some legal loophole at the CCMA…