Motsoeneng to meet with legal team as fresh charges emerge

Lawyers for Hlaudi Motsoeneng are expected to obtain clarity on new charges being levelled against him after he held a media briefing last week.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng addresses musicians and members of the media at the Milpark Garden Court on his current disciplinary process. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers for former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng say they will meet with their client on Monday as he may be facing additional charges after his controversial press briefing last week.

In the briefing, Motsoeneng defended the controversial policies that he implemented at the public broadcaster and also claimed that South Africans would vote for him if he ran for president.

The Sunday Independent reported that Motsoeneng faces more charges for allegedly violating the broadcaster’s code of conduct.

Lawyers for Motsoeneng are expected to obtain clarity on apparent new charges being levelled against him after he held a media briefing last week.

It’s understood, according to the public broadcaster’s code of conduct, that employees may not engage the media without the broadcaster’s permission.

Added to this, Motsoeneng criticised the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC.

It’s unclear how these charges will be handled as Motsoeneng is already on suspension after the Western Cape High Court found that his appointment as COO was both unlawful and unconstitutional.

The newly appointed interim board is also expected to implement the recommendations of the Public Protector’s report, which found that Motsoeneng lied about his qualifications and increased his salary by over a R1 million in a single year.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)