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Court defeat for Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SCA dismisses appeal

Last year, the Western Cape High Court ruled that Motsoeneng’s appointment was irrational and unlawful.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's application for leave to appeal a High Court ruling that his permanent appointment should be set aside.

Motsoeneng began acting as COO in 2011 and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi confirmed his permanent appointment in 2014, despite adverse findings by the Public Protector, including that he misrepresented his qualifications and awarded staff and himself irregular salary increases.

Last year, after the Western Cape High Court ruled that Motsoeneng's appointment was irrational and unlawful, he approached the SCA.

The court has now dismissed his appeal with costs, on the grounds that there's no reasonable prospect of success.

The Democratic Alliance's Samkelo Mgobozi says Motsoeneng must vacate his office.