SACP mulls legal action to curb Hlaudi Motsoeneng

The SACP held a picket outside the SABC's Sea Point offices today demanding Motsoeneng's removal.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) ally, the South African national Communist Party (SACP), is considering going to court to force the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to take steps against controversial COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The SACP has been vocal in condemning censorship and the controversial introduction of a new editorial policy at the SABC, which effectively gave Motsoeneng final say on programming and content.

The party held a picket outside the SABC's Sea Point offices today demanding Motsoeneng's removal.

Motsoeneng has been at the centre of a long-running legal battle between the SABC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) after the release of the Public Protector's investigation into governance failures at the public broadcaster in February 2014.

There have been multiple legal twists and turns as the SABC board fought to keep Motsoeneng in his position and the fight is not over.

The SACP is now piling on the pressure.

The party's Second Deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila says, "We are exploring to take legal action to get a court injunction forcing the board to take action against Hlaudi, in compliance with the Public Protector's recommendations."

Mapaila says the party's National Treasurer Joyce Moloi-Moropa resignation as an ANC member of Parliament (MP) and chairperson of Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee earlier this year was a form of political protest.

"It was a political decision because she could not stand to implement in Parliament decisions that were effectively against the ANC, her own party, because she is a member of the national executive committee."

Her decision followed reports that she found herself caught in the crossfire between ANC MPs loyal to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and party policy.

Last year, ANC members of the portfolio committee made a sudden U-turn on legal advice that the removal of three SABC board members was a violation of the Broadcasting Act.

Moloi-Moropa steered the committee through stormy waters when it had to deal with getting rid of former SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala, who was found to have lied about her qualifications.