Muthambi, SABC denied permission to appeal Motsoeneng’s appointment

Muthambi approved the SABC board’s 2014 decision to permanently appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

FILE: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have been denied permission to appeal a damning ruling which found the decision to appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng as COO to be irrational and invalid.

Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis dismissed their application for leave to appeal the judgment today.

Muthambi approved the SABC board's 2014 decision to permanently appoint Motsoeneng, who at the time was acting in the position.

He was promoted despite the Public Protector directing the SABC board to take appropriate disciplinary steps against him for alleged abuse of power, purging senior staff, and misrepresenting his matric qualifications, among other accusations of improper conduct.

The Democratic Alliance's James Selfe said, "We never expected any other outcome, particularly given the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court in the Nkandla case. Therefore, it is our view that Motsoeneng is no longer the Chief Operating Officer of the SABC."

The minister and SABC could now chose to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal directly.