SABC’s Hlaudi Motsoeneng remains COO – Zola Majavu

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng will appeal against a court ruling that he be suspended, says his lawyer.

“That notice of appeal is in the process of being served on the lawyers of the Democratic Alliance and in the process of being served on the lawyers of the SABC,” said Zola Majavu in Johannesburg today.

“Once they have been served, it will be filed in court.”

Majavu said Motsoeneng would remain SABC COO.

“The court order is automatically suspended, until the finalisation of the appeal,” he said.

“He is still the COO of the SABC. He is still working.”

Western Cape High Court Judge Ashton Schippers on Friday ordered that the SABC suspend Motsoeneng and start disciplinary proceedings against him within 14 days.

This followed the DA’s application for an urgent interim interdict to have Motsoeneng suspended, pending a review of the decision to appoint him.

In February, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela 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.

In his order Schippers said: “Unlike an order or decision of a court, a finding by the public protector is not binding on persons and organs of state.

“However, the fact that the findings of and remedial action taken by the public protector are not binding decisions, does not mean that these findings and remedial action are mere recommendations, which an organ of state may accept or reject.”

Majavu said if his client’s application for the leave to appeal was denied he would take it to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and if it failed there to the Constitutional Court.

“We [are] going all the way. This is not a simple and cut-and-dried matter.”

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