Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing set to start tomorrow

In October, the SABC board served him with a notice of charges after losing a legal battle against the DA.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief of Operations (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing is scheduled to start tomorrow after a false start last month.

The hearing has already been mired in controversy with the sudden dismissal of the prosecutor, Sandile July, more than a week ago.

The charges against Motsoeneng relate to the Public Protector's findings that disciplinary action should be taken against him for alleged abuse of power, misrepresenting his qualifications and purging senior staff members.

The SABC board served him with a notice of charges after losing a lengthy legal battle against the Democratic Alliance.

Motsoeneng's lawyer Zola Majavu says, "From where we are standing, we are in a state of readiness to proceed. I am yet to hear from the employer as to who they are going to call first as witnesses. I have written to them, requesting a list of those witnesses, but the new prosecutor on behalf of the employer has indicated that I should have indication by no later than close of business today."

Last week, the Western Cape High Court ruled that the decision to permanently appoint Motsoeneng as COO last year was irrational and unlawful.