DA applies to have SABC boss fired

2014-07-17 00:00

THE DA has made an urgent application to the Western Capes High Court for the immediate dismissal of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng is listed as a respondent with the SABC, the SABC board and its chair, Ellen Tshabalala, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete, President Jacob Zuma and Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. The application comes before a Western Cape High Court judge on August 19.

Madonsela’s office found in February that Motsoeneng was appointed irregularly, that his salary increase from R1,5 million to R2,4 million in one year was irregular; that he had lied about his matric certificate and that he had allowed irregular salary increases to staff.

In its application the DA demands Motsoeneng’s dismissal, pending a disciplinary process; and for a suitably qualified acting COO to be appointed in the interim. The DA also demands that members of the SABC board who allowed Motsoeneng’s “irrational” appointment, must pay the DA’s legal costs.

The Sunday Times reported these board members were Tshabalala, Mbulaheni Maghuve, Ndivhoniswani Tshidzumba, Momvuyo Mhlakaza, Hope Zinde and Leah Khumalo.

James Selfe, chairperson of the DA’s federal executive, said in an affidavit Motsoeneng’s appointment illustrated the toxic role the SABC played in advancing a culture of poor corporate management, abuse of power and unaccountability. Selfe referred in his sworn statement to the dissolving of the SABC board first in 2009 and again in 2014.

DA leader Helen Zille on Sunday said in a statement 24 million people watched SABC prime-time news, which was why the irrational appointment of Motsoeneng to run the public broadcaster had to be “reviewed and corrected”.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the SABC will decide how to react as soon as the court papers are served on it.

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