Motsoeneng to appeal High Court ruling on suspension

The WC High court earlier ordered the SABC board to institute disciplinary proceedings against Motsoeneng.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has instructed his lawyer to appeal a High Court ruling against him.

The Western Cape High court earlier ordered the SABC board to institute disciplinary proceedings against Motsoeneng, saying he should be suspended pending the outcome of that process.

It took Judge Ashton Schippers only a few minutes to hand down his ruling this morning.

He ordered the SABC Board to serve Motsoeneng with a notice of charges within 14 days.

The judge said Motsoeneng should be charged for his alleged dishonesty relating to his qualifications, abuse of power, improper conduct and for his role in purging senior staff at the SABC.

Motsoeneng was permanently appointed to the position of COO at the public broadcaster despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela finding he lied about passing matric.

Judgment in the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s application challenging Communications Minister Faith Muthambi's decision to ratify his appointment was handed down today.

Motsoeneng says while he respects the courts, he maintains he didn't mislead anyone.

"I have instructed my lawyers to appeal with immediate effect and I believe that if another court deals with the matter, it will deliver a different outcome."

The DA's James Selfe says the party will challenge any appeal.

"In exactly the same way we went all the way with Menzi Simelane and we went all the way with the spy tapes, we'll go all the way with this. It's very important for our constitutional democracy."

Present in court today were Motsoeneng's supporters who wore T-shirts bearing his face.

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

In a report released earlier this year, Madonsela found Motsoeneng lied about passing matric and gave himself massive salary increases while in the position of acting COO.

Madonsela had recommended disciplinary action against the COO and said she was shocked when he was suddenly permanently appointed.