Johannesburg - In her report, the public protector was not kind to the SABC board. Thuli Madonsela said she “found it rather discouraging that the SABC board appears to have blindly sprung to Mr Motsoeneng’s defence on matters that precede it...”
According to Madonsela, the board submission appeared to be “more defensive on Motsoeneng’s behalf than himself”. She expanded: “This is the case on the alleged fraudulent misrepresentation of his qualifications. The submission appeared to be unconcerned over the allegation that Motsoeneng committed an act of gross fraudulent misrepresentation of facts by declaring himself to be in possession of a matriculation certificate obtained at Metsimantsho High School in QwaQwa.
“Motsoeneng admitted, during his recorded interview, he had falsified his matric qualifications and blamed a Mrs Swanepoel, whom he said gave him the application form to fill in anything to get the job.
“On the completed application form availed by one of the complainants, Mr Motsoeneng indicated that he passed Standard 10 (matric’) in 1991 at the age of 23 years and indicated five symbols he had purported to have obtained in this regard.
According to Madonsela, the issue was not whether or not the SABC board knew Motsoeneng did not have a matric certificate on appointment to various posts at the SABC. The issue was whether or not he had fraudulently misrepresented his qualifications to get a job he was not entitled to.