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Motsoeneng: I’m here to save South Africa

Hlaudi Motsoeneng says, like Jesus Christ was sent to save the people, he is here to save South Africa.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape High Court has heard Communications Minister Faith Muthambi should never have been involved in Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s legal representatives on Thursday informed the court Muthambi appointed the chairperson and prosecutor in Motsoeneng’s disciplinary process.

The party has lodged an application to have Motsoeneng removed as a South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employee.

DA lawyers have argued disciplinary proceedings followed by the SABC, resulting in Motsoeneng being cleared of wrongdoing, were flawed as the Public Protector’s remedial action was not considered.

The DA’s James Selfe says he is pleased with how the two day-court proceedings panned out.

“I think the court proceedings went very well. It was clear to us that the judges understood the argument.”

Outside court, Motsoeneng addressed supporters, emphasising his plan to take the country forward.

“When you read the bible, all people didn’t believe that Jesus Christ was there to save them. I’m here to save South Africa.”

Judgment has been reserved and the court is expected to hand down a ruling next month.

'DA CAN'T DICTATE TO SABC'

Motsoeneng's lawyer has said no court can order that he be fired based on the instruction of a political party.

Motsoeneng smiled and nodded as his legal representative, advocate Stephan du Toit, highlighted why the DA's application was premature.

Du Toit said Motsoeneng’s rights should be upheld and emphasised that the DA cannot dictate to the SABC on who they should hire.

He conceded that Motsoeneng had apologised for wrongly completing his job application form.

Earlier this month, Parliament established an ad hoc committee to conduct inquiry into the fitness of the SABC board.

MOTSOENENG LIED

The DA’s legal representatives have argued that the Public Protector's remedial action in her report called 'When governance and ethics fail' was not considered during the disciplinary process that cleared Motsoeneng of any wrongdoing.

Released in February 2014, then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Motsoeneng had lied about being in possession of a Matric certificate and that his salary increases were irregular.

The opposition party says Motsoeneng should be removed from the public broadcaster, based on numerous adverse judicial findings against him in relation to his qualifications and conduct.

Motsoeneng’s legal team has argued that the disciplinary process that cleared him of any wrongdoing was based on merit and made a solid finding.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)