Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is appearing once again at the state capture commission on Thursday to conclude his testimony. Motsoeneng has been defending his tenure at the commission this week.
Motsoeneng in his testimony on Wednesday accused former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of destroying people’s lives.
Motsoeneng was referring to Madonsela’s report titled When Governance and Ethics failed which was released in February 2014 during her tenure as Public Protector. In the reports, Madonsela said Motsoeneng lied about having a matric qualification, which he did not have.
The former COO said the state capture commission was the first platform that was not reaching conclusions about him before hearing his side of the story and therefore he was going to take all the time deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo required.
“When the Public Protector comes with such decisions and we are punished because she is the Public Protector and her views stand – chairperson it should be allowed. Why did the Public Protector come up with such remedial action to destroy our life and children’s lives?” Motsoeneng asked.
Motsoeneng was also confident the Special Investigating Unit would not find anything on him.
“Even the SIU chairperson, I’m in court today with them, and I’m saying they have tarnished and tainted my name [without] doing any investigations [by] using the Public Protector’s report, which is wrong. The money that they are claiming [from me], they are not going to win that chairperson,” he said.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.