Motsoeneng: I won't shy away from disciplinary hearing

The SABC COO has lost his appeal against a High Court ruling that he be suspended.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - SABC operations chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he is 'not running away' from a disciplinary hearing.

Motsoeneng has lost his appeal against a Western Cape High court ruling that he be suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary process.

The Supreme Court of Appeal's decision today is the latest development in a legal battle between Motsoeneng and the DA.

It began when the opposition party took the SABC and Motsoeneng to the High Court last year for failing to implement the Public Protector's remedial action following a damning report into governance failures at the public broadcaster.

Thuli Madonsela had found Motsoeneng purged staff, abused his power, irregularly increased his own salary three times in one year and misrepresented his qualifications.

But instead of taking disciplinary steps against him, the communications minister endorsed the SABC board's recommendation to permanently appoint him as COO.

Motsoeneng's appeal has failed, which means the SABC board must initiate disciplinary proceedings by serving on him a list of charges.

He says he is not going to shy away from this process.

"In the Supreme Court of Appeal I did assert I need to face these faceless people who made those allegations," says Motsoeneng.

There are differing views on whether the court order means Motsoeneng is suspended with immediate effect.

The DA's James Selfe believes he is.

"He is suspended pending the outcome of the disciplinary inquiry."

But Motsoeneng's lawyer Zola Majavu disagrees.