Parliament in dark over SABC appeal to get Hlaudi back

Parliament's Communications Committee will meet with Minister Faith Muthambi to establish the reason for the application.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Communications Committee says it is still in the dark as to why the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has applied for leave to appeal a court ruling setting aside Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appointment as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs.

In December, the Western Cape High Court ruled Motsoeneng must be removed from the position.

The court found his appointment was unlawful and unconstitutional and that he should face a fresh disciplinary hearing.

Parliament's Communications Committee chair Humphries Maxegwana says it will set up an “urgent” meeting with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to establish the reason for the application.

“We were made aware of this by the media on Friday morning.”

Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance's federal executive James Selfe says the public broadcaster has argued Motsoeneng's appointment was not a public matter.

“The employment of Mr Motsoeneng as an executive director was a management decision and was not the exercise of public power, therefore it was incompetence for the court to review that decision.”

Selfe disputes the argument, saying that the SABC is a public entity and given the controversy around Motsoeneng it is in the public interest.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)