SABC chief not protecting Zuma

Hlaudi Motsoeneng says his battles are his own and there is no political connection.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng leaving the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has denied he's protecting President Jacob Zuma saying, his appointment to the board has nothing to do with the country's leader.

Motsoeneng has told Eyewitness News he is "fighting his own battle" and has rubbished claims that he is trying to avoid being suspended because then he'd be unable to protect Zuma.

"I don't know how people include President Zuma in my case. I'm fighting my own battles. It really it has nothing to do with politics."

Last week the Western Cape High Court ordered the SABC to suspend him as COO and hold a disciplinary hearing.

His legal team has now formally applied for leave to appeal that ruling.

Motsoeneng says the challenge he is facing regarding his qualification is the kind of battle people in prominent positions have to fight as matter of course.

He also says that journalist have covered his case fairly.

"Journalists are not cooking stories; people are cooking stories not journalist so I don't have a problem with journalists to be honest."