Motsoeneng to try & avoid suspension via ConCourt

The SABC COO says he has no doubt the SABC disciplinary process will exonerate him.

FILE: The Democratic Alliance wants Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed pending a full investigation. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Judgment has been reserved in the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s application to have South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's permanent appointment set aside after two days of argument in the Western Cape High Court.

But the official opposition is moving quickly to launch another legal battle to ensure Motsoeneng is suspended immediately.

The DA's counsel said the party intends taking urgent steps to have the SABC held in contempt of court for failing to suspend Motsoeneng pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, as directed by two courts.

Advocate Anton Katz told Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis the party will launch an urgent application to ensure Motsoeneng is suspended.

Davis, who heard argument in the opposition party's review application this week, joked that he prays he isn't the judge who has to hear the matter.

Meanwhile, Motsoeneng has taken his fight to avoid suspension to the Constitutional Court.

His troubles started last year when the Public Protector directed the SABC board to take appropriate disciplinary action against him for improper conduct, abuse of power, misrepresenting his qualifications and purging senior staff.

Motsoeneng says suspending him would infringe on his rights and it's not what the Public Protector wanted.

He makes the statement in an affidavit supporting his Constitutional Court appeal against an order that says he must be suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary process.

In the affidavit filed with the Constitutional Court, Motsoeneng says he has no doubt the SABC disciplinary process will exonerate him.

Motsoeneng's attorney Zola Majavu, says his client has no problem with the hearing being open to the media.