Finally, SABC does the right thing and fires Motsoeneng

That ‘thing’ is gone. Former SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeng has been fired.

These are the words of SABC interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama.

Kweyama was addressing a media brief at the public broadcasters headquarters reporting on the firing of embattled Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

“The quota has an impact on the the public broadcaster and as such, we’re going for a review,” she said.

On the firing of Motsoeneng, Kweyama said:“There has been a disciplinary hearing that has been taking place. The SABC versus Hlaudi Motsoeneng.”

The SABC board has charged Motsoeneng with misconduct.

“We engaged an independent chair. The chairperson has given us feedback this morning (Monday) .

“He has recommended‚ and the board has accepted‚ that Mr Motsoeneng be dismissed from the SABC. We have communicated that decision to Mr Motsoeneng. Mr Motsoneng’s dismissal has been accepted by the board‚” Kweyama said.

Chairperson of the disciplinary hearing Nazeer Cassim informed the SABC’s interim board of his decision on Monday. The outcome was announced after the board met with Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

Contacted for comment‚ Motsoeneng said he has not yet been informed about the outcomes of the disciplinary hearing and he would only be in a position to comment once he has documents in front of him.

“What are you implying by today? I’m always okay. I can’t comment on that because I don’t have the information in front of me. Up until I get the papers‚ I can’t comment. You are very lucky mshana because you were able to get information before me. I need to read the papers and apply my mind so how do I apply my mind if I don’t have the papers in front of me‚” Motsoeneng was quoted.

His legal representative Zola Majavu said he will only comment after being presented with documents on the firing of his client.

Meanwhile, Muthaland Records boss Lance Stehr has, and was, always against the idea of 90% quota.

He confirmed to this reporter at the introduction of the controversial quota that he was against it and that proper consultations were not adhered to.


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