DA: Motsoeneng wasn't interviewed

The party wants the SABC COO removed pending a full investigation into his appointment.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng arrives at the Western Cape High Court on 19 August, 2014. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has told the Western Cape High Court that South African Broadcasting Corporation chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng should be removed from his post because he wasn't interviewed.

The party has filed papers in an attempt to oust Motsoeneng.

Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi permanently appointed Motsoeneng in July despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela releasing a damning report against him in February.

Madonsela recommended a new COO be appointed within 90 days.

The DA says it wants Motsoeneng removed pending a full investigation into his appointment.

The party's advocate Anton Katz has lambasted Motsoeneng's permanent appointment, saying it was made without any other candidates being short-listed or interviews recorded.

Motsoeneng's advocate Norman Arendse however, says the case is nothing more than an opportunity by the DA to humiliate and embarrass his client.

Dozens of protesters, mostly from the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, have been demonstrating outside court holding placards that read, "Hands off our Hlaudi".

Katz earlier described Motsoeneng as a toxic element.

The DA quoted from Madonsela's report which stated that Motsoeneng committed fraud by lying about his matric qualification.

Her investigation also showed that Motsoeneng received three appraisals which increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million a year.

But the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement says they don't care whether Motsoeneng has a matric or not as he's been with the public broadcaster since 1995.

Pictures by: Siyabonga Sesant