SABC mum on SCA ruling against Motsoeneng appeal

Motsoeneng’s been criticised by opposition parties, the ANC and the SACP for his handling of news decisions.

The SCA has said it would not be in the interests of justice to hear Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appeal. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - There is still no official comment from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and its Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng to confirmation that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has refused to hear his appeal against an earlier ruling that his appointment is irrational.

It was confirmed today that the SCA has said it would not be in the interests of justice to hear his appeal, which means the earlier ruling now stands.

Earlier this year, judge Dennis Davis found Motsoeneng should not have been appointed to the post.

The SABC COO has been criticised by opposition parties, the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party for his handling of news decisions at the organisation.

Meanwhile the chairman of Parliament's Communications Portfolio committee Humphrey Maxegwana has given his reaction to the court's decision.

"We can only say that we respect the judgment of the court, and we will definitely await the action from the board."

At the same time, Motsoeneng's lawyer, Zola Majavu, says his client accepts that he no longer holds the permanent position of SABC COO, following today's ruling in the SCA.

According to Majavu, Motsoeneng has no intention of approaching the Constitutional Court on the matter.

However, he says the court ruling doesn't terminate his client's employment at the SABC, but only says his permanent appointment at COO has been nullified.

He says it's now up to the broadcaster to decide how to move forward.

"We have asked the employer; 'That being the case, what do you as the employer that appointed him in the first place to that position, what do you say to him?' He continues to tender his services and will be reporting to duty tomorrow."