Hlaudi Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing begins

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Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng during the SABC 2015/2016 financial report release on September 29, 2016 in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG - Hlaudi Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing begins today.

The former SABC chief operations officer is facing concurrent disciplinary hearings stemming from a Public Protector report that found that he had lied about his qualifications, purged staff and increased his salary exorbitantly during his tenure at Auckland Park.

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A public protector report found that he'd lied about having a matric certificate.

The public broadcaster was planning to take those findings on review, but, that decision has since been overturned by the interim board.

The other charge is related to a brazen press briefing on April 19, at which Motsoeneng rubbished the SABC interim committee, appointed to fix the trail of destruction Motsoeneng is accused of leaving behind at the public broadcaster.

In December, the Western Cape High Court declared Motsoeneng unfit to hold any office until he's cleared of wrongdoing, or if a court set aside the Public Protector’s report.

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He was removed from his position after he lost his bid to appeal the judgment.

His lawyer, Zola Majavu has vowed to put up a fight for his client.

“We are prepared for anything put against our client … we will do what we have to do to protect our client’s rights, as it is our job,” he said.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) is being briefed on Wednesday, on the irregular expenditure at the SABC after a probe by an auditing firm. -- Additional reporting: African News Agency

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