SABC’s Motsoeneng receives wife as a gift

Traditional Venda chiefs have given SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng a wife.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Traditional Venda chiefs have given SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng a wife, a cow and a calf, the Sowetan reported on Friday.

Women were lined up in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, on Wednesday for Motsoeneng to choose one. He and other SABC executives were in the area for a meeting with Mudzi wa Vhurereli ha Vhavenda, a lobby group of traditional leaders and healers.

“The girls were around 10 and they paraded for him to choose. He chose the one he liked,” Mudzi executive secretary Humbelani Nemakonde was quoted as saying.

“All the girls were there with their parents. Their parents knew what was going to happen and they all agreed.”

The woman Motsoeneng chose was pictured in the newspaper bare-breasted next to him. She is a 23-year-old human resources management student.

He received the gifts because he was “committed to his job and understands the strategic objectives of the SABC”.

In February, public protector Thuli Madonsela released a report which found Motsoeneng’s appointment irregular. His salary increased from R1,5m to R2,4m in one year. She found he misrepresented his qualifications, that he passed matric, to the SABC.  — Sapa

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  • Samuel Kock

    Really? You must be joking!

  • MHattingh

    We can only hope its a story that got misreported. Sigh. We can only hope…

  • http://wogan.me Wogan

    Guys, calm down, this is traditional African stuff. Though it would have been better if the chiefs awarded him a PA that knew how to run a major news organization, take the load off ;)

  • Erena

    Utterly disgusting, utterly, im speechless. Is the vendas happy to be portrayed as happy with oppurtunists?

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    I wonder what the proper re-gifting etiquette for this gift would be?

  • John Mitchell

    I wonder if she had a say. Is this legal human trafficking?

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