Motsoeneng case: DA expects ruling by end of September

The Democratic Alliance is adamant the SABC COO should be suspended.

The Democratic Alliance wants Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed pending a full investigation. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While judgment has been reserved in Hlaudi Motsoeneng's suspension case, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's expecting a ruling before the end of the month.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer was granted leave to appeal a High Court ruling that he be suspended following the Public Protector's serious findings against him.

His case was heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Friday, but as yet, it's unclear whether the judges will order that he be suspended during a disciplinary inquiry.

The DA's James Selfe says they are still adamant that Motsoeneng should be suspended.

"Motsoeneng has a long history of avoiding disciplinary procedures. He has on several occasions ignored the Public Protector, Parliamentary procedures and so on."

'THE SABC DOES NOT BELONG TO HLAUDI MOTSOENENG'

The Congress of the People (Cope) has accused the SABC COO of abusing his power and using the public broadcaster as a propaganda machine for himself and those close to him.

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's 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."