File: Hlaudi Motsoeneng's meteoric rise at the SABC and hefty salary increases made headlines until he was fired in 2017.
JOHANNESBURG - Former SABC board chairperson Ben Ngubane, on Monday said Hlaudi Motsoeneng not having a Matric certificate was never an issue.
Ngubane appeared before the State Capture Inquiry on Monday and said that the self-proclaimed “organic intellectual” was the right person to occupy the chief operations officer position.
In a scathing 2014 report, the Public Protector found Motsoeneng to be a fraud, who should never have been employed at the SABC in the first place.
His meteoric rise at the SABC and hefty salary increases made headlines until he was fired in 2017.
“We knew that a matric certificate and higher qualifications are always required but, like the people in the Free State, they were dealing with a crisis where the people who were there that were supposed to deliver a successful broadcast service were failing."
"Hence, they took this boy who did not have a matric and he made a difference", said Ngubane.
On Tuesday, the commission will hear testimonies from Anton Van Vuuren and Hlaudi Motsoeneng.