Hlaudi Motsoeneng appeals court orders

2014-10-25 09:38

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SABC chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng is appealing the Western Cape High Court order on his suspension.

“I have instructed my lawyers to appeal with immediate effect,” he said.

He said he respected the court but felt another court would come to a different conclusion, the public broadcaster reported yesterday.

His lawyer Zola Majavu said the appeal would suspend the court order.

The Western Cape High Court ordered yesterday that Motsoeneng face a disciplinary hearing and be suspended with full pay.

“The board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation Limited [SABC] shall, within 14 calendar days of the date of this order, commence, by way of serving on him a notice of charges, disciplinary proceedings against ... Mr George Hlaudi Motsoeneng,” Judge Ashton Schippers said in his order.

“The disciplinary proceedings... shall be completed within a period of 60 calendar days after they have been commenced.”

The SABC yesterday said it would study the judgment.

“The board will study the judgment and then decide on the way forward,” spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said her office will take the SABC court judgment on review with regard to it’s constitutional powers.

“She is of the respectful view that the judge’s basis for deciding that the public protector’s decisions are not binding is confusing,” spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said yesterday.

“Public protector Madonsela is in the process of approaching her office’s lawyers in preparation of a review of the part of the judgment that deals with the public protector’s powers.”

The Democratic Alliance applied for an urgent interim interdict suspending Motsoeneng pending a review of the decision to appoint him.

In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report on Motsoeneng, while he was acting COO.

She found his salary increased from R1.5 million to ­

R2.4 million in one year, that he had purged senior staff, and misrepresented his matric qualifications to the SABC. Madonsela recommended that a new COO be appointed at the SABC within 90 days.

In July, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi announced Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment. She said he was cleared of all wrongdoing by a legal firm before the decision was made.

The DA then launched a high court bid to have his appointment set aside.

This was the second part of the DA’s application which would be heard next year.

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