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DA to drop contempt of court case against SABC

The party says it is satisfied with the terms of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s voluntary leave of absence.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has agreed to drop its contempt of court case against the

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for failing to suspend COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The official opposition is satisfied with the terms of Motsoeneng's voluntary leave of absence ahead of his disciplinary hearing later this month.

Motsoeneng's troubles started last year after the public protector directed the SABC board to take appropriate disciplinary action against him for abuse of power, misrepresenting his qualifications, improper conduct and purging senior staff

The DA wrote to the SABC on Sunday asking for clarity on Motsoeneng's voluntary leave of absence.

The party has since received a response which it says confirms that the SABC has agreed to the terms of Motsoeneng's suspension as set out by the Western Cape High Court.

Last year, the court ordered his suspension pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

While he is on leave, the DA says Motsoeneng will not be allowed to access the broadcaster's offices, except to attend the disciplinary hearing.

The party says this means he will also not be allowed to contact employees or exercise his powers as COO.

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