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sabcBusinessLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has been blamed in part for the collapse of the public broadcaster, has lashed out at his detractors.  

Giving evidence at the state capture commission on Tuesday, he said that despite not having a matric certificate, he had been the "main man" at the organisation and that he was, in his own view, very educated.  He also questioned former public protector Thuli Madonsela's mental faculties for finding against him in one of her reports.  His testimony followed that of some of the so-called SABC8, who were fired for speaking out against censorship at the broadcaster under Motsoeneng.  The labour court eventually overturned their dismissals.  At the inquiry, Krivani Pillay and Foeta Krige accused Motsoeneng, a key ally of former president Jacob Zuma, of interfering in the functioning of the SABC newsroom for political interests, ruling the broadcaster by decree, protecting Zuma and the governing ANC from criticism, and ruthlessly dealing with those who stood in his way.  Motsoeneng, who was criticised for his controversial decision to introduce a 90% local music content quota across SABC radio stations, described himself as a visionary with a plan, who won many awards inside and outside the SABC, and had even delivered leadership lectures at Wits Business School, which he said were now part of its syllabus.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive
  • Read too, At no stage has Motsoeneng lectured at Wits Business School, says the university, at News24

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