Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng didn’t kindly take questions about the State Capture report’s unfavourable findings against him, reminding a PBS anchor that he created jobs for her and her colleagues.
Motsoeneng gave a live interview to SABC News in response to the report, which suggested he and former communications minister Faith Muthambi were charged over their dealings with the Gupta family. The chairman of the committee, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, found they all abused their powers by allowing hundreds of millions of rands of taxpayer money to be diverted to Guptas’ media company TNA Media.
“Mr Motsoeneng’s gross abuse of power at the SABC, including the misappropriation of public resources belonging to the SABC for the benefit of Gupta’s rival media companies, is likely to be subject to Ms Muthambi and [former] President Jacob Zuma,” Zondo said in the report.
HLAUDI MOTSOENENG: “THIS IS MY LEGACY”
However, Hlaudi Motsoeneg was reluctant to comment on the R11 million he was asked to repay to the SABC, which is what prompted his heated exchange with reporters.
“What do you have to be happy about [about] It was me who created jobs for you and others at SABC. This is my legacy. The reason you work at SABC is because of my innovation to make sure that at least I create jobs, and no one has created jobs like me in the history of South Africa,” Motsoeneng said.
In December 2021, the Johannesburg High Court ruled that the money should not have been given to him.
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has contacted the court for a decision by the SABC board to grant Motsoeneng the funds reviewed and put on hold. According to SIU, the money was paid to him as a success fee – but now a court has declared it was illegally given to him.