Hlaudi Motsoeneng is the new, permanent Chief Operating Officer of the SABC. All hail the new COO, then. Or not. Even by the standards of our “public” broadcaster, he is someone who has created more controversy than just about anyone else. He is, to use his phrase, the “engine room” of the corporation. Which is why just about every controversy going attaches to him. The fact that he has been appointed, the outcry, the way in which it was actually done, and the way forward from here, are all going to reveal an awful lot about how power really works in this country, and about why when the wrong thing happens, you have to have deep pockets and lawyers on call to put it right. By STEPHEN GROOTES.