DA: Failure to advertise SABC COO post was irrational

The DA says the SABC board and Faith Muthambi are biased in favour of Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s failure to advertise the position of Chief Operating Office (COO) or consider any other candidate besides Hlaudi Motsoeneng for the post was irrational.

The opposition party is in the Western Cape High Court today in a bid to have Motsoeneng's appointment set aside.

This is the latest instalment in a convoluted legal saga that began after the Public Protector found that Motsoeneng misrepresented his matric qualifications, abused his power and increased his salary three times in one year.

In July last year, the SABC board backed Motsoeneng for the position of COO after hiring a private legal firm to investigate the Public Protector's findings against him.

In court papers, the DA argues that even in the absence of the Public Protector's Report, the SABC board's failure to advertise the COO position or consider any other candidate was irrational.

The party's counsel Anton Katz told the court that the board and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi are biased in favour of Motsoeneng.

Muthambi approved the board's decision to recommend Motsoeneng for the post barely 24 hours after officially receiving a recommendation from the board.

The DA wants the court to set aside the board's decision and the Minister's approval of that decision.

But Motsoeneng's lawyers believe the application is premature as he has yet to face a disciplinary hearing for his alleged improper conduct detailed by the Public Protector.