SABC disagrees with termination of Motsoeneng's hearing

Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyer, Zola Majavu, says his client remains an employee of the SABC.

FILE: Last year, Western Cape High Court Judge Ashton Schippers ordered the SABC board to suspend Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyer says he has received confirmation from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that the public broadcaster does not agree with the decision to terminate his client's disciplinary hearing.

Advocate William Mokhari, the chairperson of the hearing, ended the inquiry yesterday in light of recent developments that affect Motsoeneng's position as COO.

Last week, the Western Cape High Court ruled that Motsoeneng's permanent appointment was both irrational and unlawful, but the judgment is being appealed.

The disciplinary process relates to allegations he abused his power, misrepresented his qualifications and purged senior staff members.

Motsoeneng's lawyer Zola Majavu says his client remains an employee of the SABC.

"The SABC has written to me to confirm that indeed the disciplinary proceeding against Mr Motsoeneng should proceed and that they don't agree with the ruling of the chairman of the DC. We are in a state of readiness and as soon as we are told when and where, we will oblige accordingly."

Last year, Western Cape High Court Judge Ashton Schippers ordered the broadcaster board to suspend Motsoeneng pending the outcome of a disciplinary process, which he said should be concluded within 60 days.

After a year of legal wrangling, the hearing got underway on Tuesday, only to be terminated two days later.