DA's Motsoeneng bid met with fierce resistance

The Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement say they don’t care whether Motsoeneng has a matric or not.

Members of the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement protest outside the Western Cape High Court against an application by the DA to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appointment set aside. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A High Court application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have South African Broadcasting Corporation chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appointment set aside has been met with fierce resistance.

A group of protesters have gathered outside the Western Cape High Court where the matter is being heard.

Motsoeneng's appointment was made permanent by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi last month.

Advocate Anton Katz, who is representing the DA, has described Motsoeneng as a toxic element and has called for his immediate removal.

The DA charges that Motsoeneng's appointment to the position was irregular and the proper procedure was not followed.

The decision to appoint Motsoeneng permanently last month was taken despite Muthambi agreeing to comply with an adverse finding by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommending his suspension.

The party quoted from Madonsela's report which Motsoeneng's appointment was irregular, stating that he 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, who are protesting outside court, say they don't care whether Motsoeneng has a matric or not as he's been with the public broadcaster since 1995.