Judgment in Motsoeneng’s hearing postponed to later today

The SABC COO is facing three charges which include lying about having a matric certificate.

FILE: The SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The much anticipated judgment in the disciplinary hearing against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has been postponed to later this evening as the chairman has requested more time.

Motsoeneng is facing three charges which include lying about having a matric certificate.

The charges were laid two months ago after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled Motsoeneng must be suspended and face disciplinary action.

Both the SABC and Motsoeneng's legal teams are confident tonight's ruling will go in their favour.

Lead prosecutor Tumisho Phalane says there is sufficient evidence to find that Motsoeneng must be sacked.

"The employer submit that the dishonesty and clear abuse of power and as per the testimony of the fourth witness constitute good grounds for a dismissal."

But Motsoeneng's lawyer Zola Majavu says his client didn't lie to get a job.

"You have no case to make, I'm sorry that we didn't come to your rescue, but that is the law and that is how the legal principle is applied."

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