Motsoeneng determined to prove his 'innocence'

Motsoeneng insists his bosses knew he never had a matric when he was hired by the public broadcaster.

SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he is not avoiding disciplinary procedures over his qualifications but will not allow anyone to trample on his rights to appeal a court ruling on the matter.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has now been served with legal papers as Motsoeneng applies for leave to appeal last week's Western Cape High Court ruling that he be placed on paid leave pending a disciplinary hearing.

He insists his bosses knew he never had a matric when he was hired by the public broadcaster.

Judge Ashton Schippers last week 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 says he wants to prove his innocence.

His lawyer Zola Majavu says, "We have not found anything wrong upon investigation and I am not being disrespectful to the court."

Majavu says although Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that action must be taken against Motsoeneng, she never said he was incompetent.

Majavu says this case is a matter of principle and they will not rest until the Constitutional Court has had the final say over the matter.

He says Madonsela didn't do a thorough job before making her finding that Motsoeneng lied about passing matric.

At the same time, the SABC says it's difficult to determine when the board will discuss this matter but still has at least 10 days to act on the High Court ruling

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.