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sabcNews24 reports that Ben Ngubane, the former chairperson of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), testified on Monday that the public broadcaster's ex-chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng was appointed because he was a skilled communicator and troubleshooter.  

Ngubane was testifying at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, which is currently investigating allegations of corruption and fraud at the broadcaster.  Last week the inquiry heard evidence from journalist Krivani Pillay, one of the so-called SABC 8, who said that staff in the SABC newsroom felt "abused" during Motsoeneng's reign.  Ngubane's tenure as SABC chair corresponded with the fast rise up the ranks of Motsoeneng, from the head of news at Free State radio station Lesedi FM to being appointed the SABC's acting COO.  Motsoeneng was appointed acting COO in 2011, a position that was made permanent in July 2014, despite him not having a matric certificate or university qualifications.  He was suspended later that year by a high court order, the first stage in what would become years of court challenges around his role at the SABC.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Jan Cronje at Fin24

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