D-day for Hlaudi Motsoeneng

2015-04-23 11:27
Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Picture: City Press)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Picture: City Press)

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Cape Town - SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng will on Thursday hear his fate regarding an appeal against an interim application demanding his appointment as SABC COO to be set aside.

The interim application, filed by the Democratic Alliance in December 2014, demands that a high court order against Motsoeneng be enforced following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into alleged bribery at the SABC.

In October, Judge Ashton Schippers ruled that the SABC had to suspend Motsoeneng and take disciplinary steps against him within 14 days, pending the outcome of the DA’s application.

Motsoeneng, though, has not been suspended, with lawyers for the SABC arguing that the public protector’s report is not legally binding.

The ruling will have important implications for the oversight role the Public Protector plays in the affairs of organs of state.

Madonsela report

In February 2014, Madonsela released a report on Motsoeneng while he was acting COO.

She found his salary increased from R1.5m 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 2014, however, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi announced Motsoeneng's permanent appointment.

The DA argued in court that the order to suspend Motsoeneng needed to be enforced, otherwise the country and the SABC would suffer irreparable damage.

Motsoeneng's lawyers argued that their client would suffer irreparable damage if the disciplinary process started, but his appeal turned out to be unsuccessful.

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