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Cabinet slams SABC board over Motsoeneng appointment

Radebe says Cabinet has urged the SABC board to abide by the SCA ruling against Motsoeneng.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet has strongly criticised the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board for what it's termed "suspect legal interpretations" in order to re-appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng to a senior position at the broadcaster.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe made the comments at a post cabinet briefing in Pretoria today.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upheld a ruling that Motsoeneng's permanent appointment as Chief Operations Officer (COO) was unlawful.

However, the SABC announced on Tuesday that the former COO has been appointed as group executive for corporate affairs.

Minister Radebe says Cabinet has urged the broadcaster's board to abide by the SCA ruling against the now group executive corporate affairs.

"Attempts to subvert the SCA ruling through legally suspect interpretations borders on violating the constitutional principle of legality, and challenges the constitutionally assigned judicial authority of our courts."

He says the decision to reappoint Motsoeneng in a new position shows disrespect for the rule of law.

Radebe says Cabinet has instructed Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to urgently address the matter with the board.

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