DA threatens to take SABC to court over Motsoeneng suspension

The DA has issued the threat hours after the SABC instructed lawyers to lodge an urgent appeal.

FILE: The SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has threatened to file contempt of court papers if South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) operations chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng is not suspended.

It's issued the threat just hours after the SABC instructed lawyers to lodge an urgent appeal with the Constitutional Court.

Yesterday the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein upheld an order compelling the broadcaster board to suspend Motsoeneng pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

The order is in line with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's instruction to the board after her investigation.

The DA's Phumzile van Damme says the party has received no written confirmation of an intention to appeal the ruling.

"Reports that Mr Motsoeneng was in court today show his and the SABC's contempt for the judicial process."