Court battles like soccer - Maimane

2015-10-08 16:19
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane has likened the party's court battles to a soccer tournament, following the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) against SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

"It's like soccer this thing. It has quarter-finals and semi-finals and finally, a final. At the quarter-finals we took Hlaudi to the Western Cape High Court and we beat him there," Maimane said at a rally outside the ANC's investment arm Chancellor House on Thursday.

"In the semi-final [Motsoeneng] took us to the SCA saying that the public protector's powers don't apply to him. Where did he learn that from but number one [President Jacob Zuma]?.

"When he went to the SCA, the judge said 'Hlaudi, you can cook your matric but you can't cook the court, therefore Hlaudi must be suspended immediately'," said Maimane.

Maimane said the DA was now heading to the "finals" to deal with Zuma.

"Now they have a problem on their hands because they have lost the semi-final, who is Hlaudi. What happens then in the final? We are going to Zuma and we will say, 'We have already dealt with junior Jacob who is in the SABC, we are coming for you Zuma. We want you to comply with the public protector, and pay back South African’s money'."

News24 reported that the SCA dismissed Motsoeneng's appeal against part of a high court judgment that he be suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry against him. The SCA also rejected part of the Western Cape High Court ruling which said Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's rulings were not binding. 

It said Madonsela's findings could not be ignored.

Following an application by the DA, the Western Cape High Court ruled that Motsoeneng should be suspended for 60 days, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, as Madonsela had instructed.

Judge Ashton Schippers granted Motsoeneng leave to appeal, but ruled that the interim suspension should come into effect immediately.

Motsoeneng, the SABC and the Minister of Communications appealed against this.

The SCA confirmed that the SABC must institute disciplinary proceedings against Motsoeneng.

Read more on:    sabc  |  mmusi maimane  |  jacob zuma  |  hlaudi motsoeneng

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