Madonsela 'respectfully disagrees' with court judgment

The Public Protector wants certain aspects of the judgment against Hlaudi Motsoeneng reviewed.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she wants a review of a high court judgment which found her findings are not binding.

The Western Cape High Court on Friday ruled on the enforceability of the Public Protector's findings while handing down judgment in the DA's application against South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Judge Ashton Schippers said the findings of the Public Protector are not binding and enforceable.

But he says when an organ of state rejects those findings; the decision to do so must be rational.

Madonsela's spokesperson Oupa Seglawe says the judgment is confusing.

"The Public Protector respectfully disagrees with the judgment. So we will be approaching the courts to have certain aspects of the judgment reviewed. In particular the ones that relate to the powers of her office."

Having Motsoeneng's appointment overturned has become vital to the opposition's battle to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for the exorbitant upgrades at his Nkandla home.

Meanwhile, Motsoeneng has made it clear he intends appealing the court ruling.