SABC to study Motsoeneng ruling

2015-10-08 19:39
Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Picture: City Press)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Picture: City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – The SABC will comment on Thursday's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling regarding its COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng once all the relevant people had been consulted.

They would study the judgment and only then issue a formal response, spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.

The SCA dismissed Motsoeneng's appeal against a Western Cape High Court ruling. The High Court ordered in October 2014 that Motsoeneng be suspended until a disciplinary hearing against him had been finalised.

The SCA also considered the authority of the public protector's office, a matter on which the Western Cape High Court had made findings. High Court Judge Ashton Schippers had said the public protector's findings were not binding or enforceable, but that a definite ruling on the matter was needed.

In a report released in February 2014, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found "pathological corporate governance deficiencies at the SABC".

She found Motsoeneng's appointment as acting chief operating officer, along with his salary hike from R1.5m to R2.4m in one fiscal year, irregular. He had fraudulently misrepresented to the SABC that he had a matric qualification.

Madonsela recommended that disciplinary steps be taken against him.

Instead the SABC appointed a firm of lawyers to investigate the veracity of Madonsela's findings. The internal inquiry exonerated him.

On July 7 2014, the SABC and communications minister permanently appointed Motsoeneng as the SABC's COO.

The DA then approached the Western Cape High Court for an order that he be suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry, and that his appointment as COO be set aside. The latter matter was still being finalised in court.

The SCA said the public protector's office was a venerable institution and its remedial action could not be ignored. A person or organisation could not launch a parallel investigation and then decide that its outcome trumped the public protector’s findings and recommendations.

The public protector was a watchdog and should not be muzzled, the SCA said.

Read more on:    da  |  sabc  |  hlaudi motsoeneng  |  thuli madonsela

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

'ANC’s NEC must quit'

2016-10-23 06:00

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.