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Maimane gives SABC deadline to dissolve board, remove Hlaudi

Dozens of DA supporters have gathered outside the SABC's headquarters in Auckland Park.

Democratic Alliance supporters gathered outside the SABC's headquarters in Auckland Park on 3 October 2016, calling for the removal of Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the SABC board. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says he's giving the South African Broadcasting Corporation 72 hours to dissolve its board and remove Hlaudi Motsoeneng, or face legal action.



Dozens of DA supporters have gathered outside the SABC's headquarters in Auckland Park earlier.

The opposition party says the SABC's disdain for a court judgment and the Public Protector's findings on Motsoeneng's position has raised concerns about the future of the broadcaster.

Maimane says despite Motsoeneng being found to be unfit to hold the position of COO at the SABC by a high court and the Supreme Court of Appeal, he was still reappointed to a senior position.

The DA leader says while Motsoeneng is at the public broadcaster, south Africa's freedom is at stake

"No South African can undermine us and we must sit and say that's okay, because if Hlaudi does it then nobody should obey the law in this county."

Maimane handed over a memorandum to SABC representatives along with Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and Cope leader Mosioa Lekota.