Motsoeneng not acting CEO: SABC

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SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

JOHANNESBURG - SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has not been appointed acting group CEO as reported by some newspapers on Sunday, the broadcaster&39;s spokesman said.

"No, he is not acting CEO. The acting CEO is a man by the name of Anton Heunis, and now he is sick. But he is still acting CEO," Kaizer Kganyago said

"Some of his duties have just been delegated to Hlaudi. He is just standing in while Anton is sick. There is no appointment. Hlaudi still has to consult with Anton. It&39;s just delegated powers."

The City Press and the Sunday Times reported that Motsoeneng was temporarily appointed acting group CEO, while Heunis was ill.

"Anton will be back when he is well, hopefully soon," said Kganyago.

In October, the Western Cape High Court ordered the SABC to suspend Motsoeneng and begin disciplinary proceedings against him within 14 days.

This followed the DA&39;s application for an urgent interim interdict to have Motsoeneng suspended, pending a review of the decision to appoint him as COO.

In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report on Motsoeneng, while he was acting COO.

She found his salary increased from R1.5-million to R2.4-million in one year, that he had purged senior staff, and misrepresented his matric qualifications to the SABC.

Madonsela recommended that a new COO be appointed at the SABC within 90 days.

In July, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi announced Motsoeneng&39;s permanent appointment as COO.

Motsoeneng is appealing against the court ruling that he be suspended.

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