Ben Ngubane explains Motsoeneng COO appointment

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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.

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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.

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