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Cope: SABC does not belong to Motsoeneng

Cope has accused SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng of abusing his power.

The SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein for his appeal against a High Court order that he be suspended pending a disciplinary hearing. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) has accused SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng of abusing his power and using the public broad castor as a propaganda machine for himself and those close to him.

Motsoeneng appealed a high court ruling that he be suspended at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The high court found that he should be suspended following a series of findings by the public protector.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Appeal asked for the matter to be dealt with in lower courts first or that he go through a disciplinary process.

But Cope's Dennis Bloem says it is unacceptable that he is attacking the public protector's report by arguing that her findings are not binding.

"The SABC does not belong to Hlaudi Motsoeneng. That's why we want to condemn his actions in the strongest possible terms. Hlaudi Motsoeneng must know that he is not the owner of the public broadcaster. It belongs to the people of South Africa."

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