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SABC's Motsoeneng withdraws ConCourt bid against DA

He sought to challenge a ruling that he be suspended pending the outcome of a hearing.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng

CAPE TOWN - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has withdrawn his Constitutional Court appeal in his case against the Democratic Alliance (DA) after the appeal court ruled in its favour.

Motsoeneng had turned to the highest court in the land to challenge a ruling that said he should be suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

The hearing went ahead towards the end of last year, during which time he took leave.

On Thursday it emerged the SABC and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had withdrawn from the case.

It has now surfaced that Motsoeneng has also pulled out.

The appeal would have been an academic exercise, one the applicants seem to have lost the appetite to pursue.

Motsoeneng was cleared of any wrongdoing following a disciplinary hearing that flowed from a Public Protector report into allegations of his improper conduct, abuse of power, and claims he misrepresented his qualifications and purged senior staff members at the SABC.

Last year in another judgment against the minister, Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis set aside Motsoeneng's appointment as COO.

The court found the decision to appoint him was irrational and unlawful.

Motsoeneng still intends appealing that decision.

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