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Motsoeneng's future hangs in the balance

The Supreme Court reserved its judgment in Hlaudi Motsoeneng's suspension case.

"Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng's future hangs in the balance with the Supreme Court of Appeal reserving judgment in his suspension case.

On Friday, Motsoeneng appealed a high court's ruling that he be suspended following serious findings against him from the Public Protector's report.

Judges at the Supreme Court were reluctant to rule on whether or not he should be suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry.

Judges suggested that part B of Motsoeneng's high court case or disciplinary inquiry should be concluded before deliberating on his suspension.

Legal counsels for Motsoeneng, the SABC and the communications minister and the public protector agreed but the Democratic Alliance (DA) argued that if he is not suspended, it could compromise the disciplinary process.

At the same time, questions were raised about the public protector's findings with her legal counsel arguing that her findings have a legal effect unless they are set aside.

Outside court dozens of people, many from the ANC and the youth league, were demonstrating in support of Motsoeneng.