SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng suspended

By Drum Digital
24 October 2014

The Western Cape High Court has ordered that SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng be suspended with immediate effect.

"The Western Cape High Court ordered that he be suspended with immediate effect pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. The disciplinary has to happen within 60 days and has to be headed up by an independent person," Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis said.

The DA launched a high court bid to have Motsoeneng's appointment as COO done away with.

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

She found his salary increased from R1.5 million to R2.4m 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 Democratic Alliance then launched a high court bid to have his appointment set aside. Muthambi and the SABC filed opposing court papers.

SABC board chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala, in her court papers, reportedly rubbished Madonsela’s report.

Tshabalala said the broadcaster knew from day one that Motsoeneng did not have matric.

She said he was not dishonest, had never misled the SABC, and was not responsible for any irregular spending.

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