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Motsoeneng launches formal appeal against suspension ruling

Last week the court ruled that the SABC must hold a disciplinary hearing into Motsoeneng’s conduct.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng's legal team has now formally launched an application for leave to appeal against a Western Cape High Court ruling that he be suspended.

Last week the court ruled that the SABC must hold a disciplinary hearing into Motsoeneng's conduct following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding that he lied about passing matric.

Judge Ashton Schippers 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's lawyer Zola Majavu says his client remains the SABC's COO as he's still not received any charge sheet from the public broadcaster regarding a disciplinary hearing.

Majavu says he's prepared to defend his appointment all the way to the Constitutional Court.

He says they have now also served the Democratic Alliance (DA) with the papers for this appeal application.

The DA took the matter to court, to force the SABC to adhere to Madonsela's report, which said Motsoeneng must face action for lying about having passed matric.

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.