SABC group executive of corporate affairs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. File picture: Paballo Thekiso

Johannesburg - Controversial South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) group executive of corporate affairs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, on Thursday said that education was important but firmly stated that he was not going back to school.

“Coming to the issue of should I go back to school. The answer is a big no because I’m able to do everything that I can do. I am able to beat all those people with degrees,” the former SABC chief operating officer said during a press briefing in Johannesburg.

“I understand the importance of education. I employ people with education but having a certificate doesn’t qualify you to be the best, it just opens doors for you in the organisation.”

The press briefing was held after the board had been called to answer questions around Motsoeneng’s re-appointment as SABC’s head of corporate affairs, and the company’s financial status.

Members of Parliament were unanimous in their call for the board to be dissolved, saying it was dysfunctional.

Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Motsoeneng had lied about his matric certificate.

Board members Krish Naidoo and Vusi Mavuso announced their resignation during the parliamentary committee meeting on Wednesday. They both announced their departures after speaking out on the board’s conduct and poor processes.

Addressubg a full auditorium, Motsoeneng said he does not need the SABC to survive.

“I can make sure I come with my own company and employ half of the SABC staff. Even if I lose my job, within five days I’ll be employed again.”

Some of the board members sat quietly in front while Motsoeneng and SABC chairperson Prof Mbulaheni Maguvhe gave each other turns on the podium.

Maguvhe said he will not be resigning from his position.

“I am still waiting for that letter to come. I am waiting for that inquiry. I am going nowhere, inquiry or no inquiry. They want to use a so-called inquiry to make me become a coward.”

Maguvhe accused members of Parliament of bullying the remaining board members into resigning and insisted that Motsoeneng’s appointment was legal and procedurally correct.

MPs gave the remaining four board members an ultimatum, quit or be forced out through a parliamentary inquiry as soon as the end of October.