DA wants clarity on Motsoeneng’s 'voluntary leave'

The party is preparing to go to court to have the SABC held in contempt of court over its controversial COO.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng took voluntary leave of absence last week. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants clarity on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng's voluntary leave of absence as the party prepares for another courtroom battle.

The official opposition warned last week that it would take urgent steps to have the public broadcaster held in contempt of court for failing to suspend Motsoeneng pending the outcome of his disciplinary hearing.

Last year, the Western Cape High court ordered his suspension.

This was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

The DA is preparing to go to court on Thursday to have the SABC held in contempt of court.

But the party's James Selfe says they are willing to drop the case in light of Motsoeneng's leave of absence.

"Because if we are satisfied that he is not going to go anywhere near the building and he is not going to interfere with staff. In other words that the leave is equivalent to being suspended, then we are prepared to drop the case."

The COO's 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.

He was served with internal charges last week and has been instructed to appear before a disciplinary hearing at end of the month.

To view the DA's letter to the SABC, click here.