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Reports: Motsoeneng charged with abuse of power

Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been accused of gross dishonesty and misrepresentation of facts.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the Supreme Court of Appeal. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has reportedly been charged with abuse of power, misconduct and gross dishonesty.

Earlier this week, the SABC announced that Motsoeneng would face a disciplinary hearing at the end of this month.

The Democratic Alliance took the matter to the high court, arguing that Motsoeneng's permanent appointment was irregular.

The public protector also found that he had lied about his matric qualifications, among other irregularities, and called for a hearing.

News24 has what it says is a copy of the charge sheet, but the SABC was not available for comment.

The charge sheet says that Motsoeneng has been accused of gross dishonesty and misrepresentation of facts.

It calls into question his various applications for junior positions, where he stated that he had passed matric at the age of 23.

According to the charge sheet, Motsoeneng is also accused of purging several senior managers, increasing his salary and gross dishonesty.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upheld the Western Cape High Court order that Motsoeneng be suspended while a disciplinary hearing takes place.

He has now filed an application in the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the SCA judgment.

The disciplinary hearing is scheduled for 30 October.