Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing to officially start on Tuesday

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing will finally get underway following another delay.

FILE: According to the report released last year, Motsoeneng lied about having a matric qualification to secure his employment, he increased his salary on at least three occasions and he purged senior staff members. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing will officially commence tomorrow following yet another delay.

In October, the SABC instituted disciplinary action against Motsoeneng as recommended by the public protector's report into his appointment at the public broadcaster.

According to the report released last year, Motsoeneng lied about having a matric qualification to secure his employment, he increased his salary on at least three occasions and he purged senior staff members.

Following a series of postponements in Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing, chairperson Willem Johannes Edeling says no more delays will be tolerated.

Today, a postponement request by the prosecutor representing the SABC was opposed by Motsoeneng's lawyer Zola Majavu, who says the continuous delays are both a waste of time and money.

"I will not have any of these delays again because it's costing my client a lot of money. He is currently on voluntary leave and it is frustrating him."

Prosecutor Tumisho Phalane has argued that he didn't have enough time to prepare for today's proceedings after his predecessor suddenly recused himself over the weekend.

The chairperson has ordered Phalane to make sure he is prepared tomorrow to put an end to what he says are unreasonable delays.

The defence lawyer for the suspended SABC COO says the disciplinary hearing against him needs to be concluded as soon as possible because constant delays threaten to damage his reputation.

It's still unclear what charges the employer will be bringing against Motsoeneng when the hearing begins.

Majavu says Motsoeneng is receiving harsh public treatment while allegations made against him remain unquestioned.

"He is being paraded, vilified and ridiculed as some commercial warlord who does things the way he wants."

Phalane says he will spend the evening consulting witnesses after he was ordered to ensure that proceedings commence uninterrupted tomorrow.

Edeling says he sympathises with Motsoeneng, who he says has been affected by unnecessary delays since October.