DA goes to court over Motsoeneng

Cape Town - The DA is launching a high court bid to have the appointment of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng set aside.

"The process of serving papers on Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC board has begun, with the application to be made in the Gauteng High Court," Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille told reporters in Cape Town on Monday.

Zille said the DA believed there was strong case to be made that Motsoeneng's appointment was irrational given Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings that he had acted in bad faith, lied about his qualifications, and abused his power by increasing his salary by nearly R1m in one year.

She said the DA would make the case that the appointment was unsound because this was not taken into account, and no other candidates were considered.

Parliamentary debate

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said the party would demand a debate in Parliament on Motsoeneng's appointment as it had to oppose political interference at the SABC.

"It is critical that when you make decisions as to who gets to run the SABC there cannot be a sense of political interference in running the public broadcaster, so the public broadcaster is not a state broadcaster or a party broadcaster, but in fact serves the people of this country."


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