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High Court rules Hlaudi Motsoeneng must be removed from position

Judge Owen Rogers ruled Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the public broadcaster.

Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the South African Broadcasting Cooperation group executive of corporate affairs, be removed from his position.

On Monday, Judge Owen Rogers ruled Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the public broadcaster.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in October filed an application to have Motsoeneng removed from his position as the state broadcaster's group executive of corporate affairs.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has demanded that Motsoeneng immediately vacate his office at the public broadcaster.

“What is now absolutely critical is that as we speak right now, Mr Motsoeneng is not an employee at the SABC. He can’t go to work. If anyone finds him at work, they must make sure he is removed from the building. He can’t carry on being a blesser over December.”

This court bid coincides with an inquiry into the SABC board's fitness to do its work.

Jabulani Mabaso, the man who was in charge of human resources at the SABC, has described how controversial chief operating officer ruled the roost from his Auckland Park office.

Mabaso’s told the parliamentary inquiry of a climate of fear that prevailed at the public broadcaster.

Mabaso’s detailed how people and policies were sidelined when they did not accord with Motsoeneng’s own plans, plunging corporate governance at the institution into crisis.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)