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Vol 55 No 15

Published 25th July 2014

South Africa

Invoking higher powers

The case of a prominent broadcasting executive raises questions about the government’s commitment to the constitution

South Africans are trying to figure out the secret of the hold that Hlaudi Motsoeneng has on his position as Chief Operations Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Following revelations that Motsoeneng had lied about his qualifications and lacked a school leaving certificate, let alone a university degree, and that he had nearly doubled his own salary as acting COO in one year, from 1.5 million rand (US$140,000) to R2.4 mn., Public Protector Thuli Madonsela last year launched an inquiry. It concluded that the SABC should take disciplinary action against Motsoeneng for lying and that he should be removed from his position.

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