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Will Hlaudi Motsoeneng report for work today?

The High Court on Monday ruled Motsoeneng’s appointment as group executive was unlawful & irrational.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – It’s unclear if Hlaudi Motsoeneng will abide by a court ruling that he cannot report for work at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) until a hearing into his conduct has been finalised.

The Western Cape High Court on Monday found the public broadcaster’s board failed to uphold the Constitution and ignored the findings of the Public Protector’s office.

It ruled that Motsoeneng’s appointment as group executive of corporate affairs was unlawful and irrational.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded that Motsoeneng vacate his office immediately.

The court ruled that Motsoeneng’s initial disciplinary process, which cleared him of any wrongdoing, be set aside.

It further stated new disciplinary proceedings should be established.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says Motsoeneng’s axing is a victory for the country’s democracy.

“I am also glad that he personally must pay back the costs for this case so he stops litigating on the basis of the tax payer’s money. So, Mr Motsoeneng must see his time. The next move is for him to end up in jail, regardless of what move they go.”

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago spoke about the way forward: “As the SABC, all we can say is that our lawyers are busy studying the judgment and they will advise us accordingly.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)