Clock ticking for SABC on Motsoeneng disciplinary proceedings

The court wants the entire process to be completed within 60 days but the matter was postponed.

FILE: SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The clock is ticking for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to finalise disciplinary proceedings against its Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Last year, the Western Cape High Court ordered the Board of the SABC to commence disciplinary proceedings against Motsoeneng by serving him with charges for misrepresenting his qualifications, alleged abuse of power, improper conduct and purging senior staff.

The court wants the entire process to be completed within 60 calendar days but the matter has already been postponed.

Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing was postponed on Friday because the SABC asked for more time to prepare.

His lawyer has indicated he was ready to proceed.

The two parties have been instructed to hold a pre-trial conference within 15 days.

The Democratic Alliance, a party that has sparred with Motsoeneng in court, has described the postponement as a 'worrying development'.

Chairperson of the party's Federal Executive James Selfe said, "If this is a delaying tactic on behalf of SABC we will return to court to get an order to compel, because the court itself laid down a 60-day timetable for this matter to be concluded."

If the disciplinary process is not completed within the 60-day time frame, the chairperson of the SABC board will have to explain the hold-up to the High Court.