DA wants SABC held in contempt over Motsoeneng

The party wants the SABC to suspend chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be taking urgent steps to hold the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in contempt of court for not suspending its chief operations officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng is expected to appear before an internal disciplinary hearing on various charges at the end of the month, but he remains in his post as he is appealing the court order compelling the public broadcaster to suspend him.

The COO's troubles started more than a year ago when the Public Protector directed the SABC board to take disciplinary action against him for abuse of power, improper conduct, misrepresenting his qualifications and purging senior staff members.

Advocate Anton Katz, who is representing the DA in its bid to have Motsoeneng's permanent appointment as COO set aside, has announced his client's intention to launch another case.

He told Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis that the party will seek an urgent order holding the public broadcaster in contempt of court for failing to suspend Motsoeneng.

Davis, who has been hearing argument in the opposition party's review application since yesterday, quipped, "what on earth does that have to do with me?"

Davis also joked that he would pray he was not the judge who had to hear the matter.