DA challenges outcomes of Motsoeneng’s disciplinary inquiry
The inquiry cleared him of wrongdoing in relation to allegations investigated by the Public Protector.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants the Western Cape High Court to set aside South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) operations chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng's disciplinary inquiry on the basis that it was fatally flawed.
The opposition political party has filed an application challenging the outcome of the inquiry in the high court.
The inquiry cleared Motsoeneng of wrongdoing late last year in relation to allegations investigated by the Public Protector.
Thuli Madonsela directed the SABC board to take steps against him in 2014 after probing claims that he abused his power, misrepresented his matric qualifications, purged senior staff at the SABC and irregularly hiked his salary.
When the Board instead promoted him, the DA turned to the courts.
After several months of legal wrangling and judgments handed down by both the Western Cape High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal, the Board was forced to establish the inquiry and appoint an independent person to chair it.
The party's James Selfe says the disciplinary inquiry amounted to nothing more than a stitch-up to shield the broadcaster's operations chief from being held accountable.
"Critical and cardinal witnesses were not called and the basis of the judgment was on very flimsy ground."
Selfe says Motsoeneng should face a new inquiry.
Motsoeneng's permanent appointment as COO was declared unlawful by Western Cape High Judge Denis Davis last year, after the DA, in a separate but related case, challenged the decision to appoint him.
The decision was taken by the SABC board and endorsed by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi
The respondents are applying for permission to appeal that judgment.