SABC to appeal SCA ruling on Motsoeneng

The SCA dismissed Motsoeneng’s appeal of a ruling that he be suspended pending a disciplinary process.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The SABC has confirmed it will go to the highest court in the land to stop its chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng from being suspended.

The public broadcaster has instructed lawyers to lodge an urgent appeal with the Constitutional Court.

Yesterday the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein upheld another court's order compelling the SABC board to suspend Motsoeneng pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

The order is in line with what Public Protector Thuli Madonsela instructions to the board after she investigated governance failures at the broadcaster last year.

The SABC is fighting this case countrywide and at all costs, from the High Court in Cape Town to the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg

Motsoeneng's legal woes began when the DA took both him and the SABC to court last year for failing to implement the Public Protector's remedial action.

Madonsela had instructed the SABC board to take appropriate disciplinary action against Motsoeneng for improper conduct, misrepresenting his qualifications, abuse of power and purging senior staff members.

Instead the board appointed an independent legal firm to investigate the veracity of Madonsela's findings.

The Communications Minister then endorsed the board's recommendation to permanently appoint Motsoeneng as COO.