Motsoeneng anxious to get disciplinary hearing started

Four days have been set down for the hearing this week.

FILE: The SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein for his appeal against a High Court order that he be suspended pending a disciplinary hearing. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyer says his client is anxious to get his disciplinary hearing started today.

The charges against the embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation Chief Operations Officer flows from an investigation carried out by the Public Protector last year.

Thuli Madonsela directed the public broadcaster's board to take appropriate disciplinary action against Motsoeneng for abuse of power, misrepresenting his qualifications and purging senior staff members.

Four days have been set down for the hearing this week and Motsoeneng's attorney Zola Majavu said he wants to get on with it.

"You must understand that my client is quite anxious, he wants this proceeding to get underway so that he's cleared or at least there must be finality on this issue."

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

Motsoeneg has been in and out of court since the release of the Public Protector's damning report last year.

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