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Rough road ahead for Motsoeneng

A judge says if a disciplinary process clears Motsoeneng, he could be eligible to apply for the COO post.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape High Court has found the SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will only be eligible for the position of Chief Operating Officer once he is cleared by a disciplinary tribunal.

Judge Dennis Davis yesterday ruled Communication Minister Faith Muthambi's approval of Motsoeneng's permanent appointment was 'unlawful and irrational'.

Muthambi rubber-stamped the appointment, despite a damning public protector report into Motsoeneng's appointment and conduct at the public broadcaster.

Davis made it clear suspended Motsoeneng was not on trial.

He said the ruling was against Muthambi, who approved Motsoeneng's permanent appointment less than 24 hours after a divided SABC board made the recommendation.

Davis further found the minister did not appear to consider the public protector's report or the SABC's own report and their differences.

But, he added, if a disciplinary process clears Motsoeneng, he could be eligible to apply for the post.

The application was brought by the Democratic Alliance and Davis has ordered Motsoeneng's appointment be set aside.