The public broadcaster has become an open joke. Earlier this month, SABC employees were again found to have fraudulent matric documents, with more than 2 200 staffers without a shred of proof that they had passed high school. In fact, a senior finance administrator was found to be in possession of a diploma as a beauty therapist.
If that was not damaging enough, SABC CEO Hlaudi Motsoeneng came back with a backlash of his own. People with degrees were a drain on the SABC, he believed. This after a skills audit found senior management at the SABC lacked strategic thinking skills.
For an institution supposedly dedicated to objective, fair and accurate news for a democratic country, these latest findings underscore the level of corruption and dishonesty in South Africa. Bottom line, Mr Motsoeneng—a document that is not authentic is a form of fraud. A qualification unrelated to the position held is not only irresponsible but unethical too. And hiring someone who does facials for a living to look after finance is not rational, is it?