Minister to appeal Motsoeneng judgment

Johannesburg - Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi plans to appeal a court decision to have SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment declared unlawful and irrational.

Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis handed down judgment on the matter on Friday amid a legal challenge from opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The DA launched its court case against Muthambi regarding Motsoeneng’s appointment as chief operating officer following a report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that said Motsoeneng must be disciplined for falsely claiming to have a matric certificate.

“(The) Minister has noted the judgment of the court and is going to appeal the judgment,” ministry spokesperson Mish Molakeng said in an emailed statement.

The judgment from Davis came amid the second part of the DA’s court case.

Earlier this year, in the first interim part of the case, the Western Cape High Court ordered that Motsoeneng be suspended and that a disciplinary hearing against him should go ahead.

This decision followed an appeal from Motsoeneng and Muthambi. However, the appeal court dismissed the appeal in October.

Motsoeneng also took special leave while a disciplinary hearing against him went ahead.

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