Hlaudi vows to fight SABC 8 ‘until the end’
FORMER SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng faces a R3 million lawsuit from the SABC 8 journalists but he has vowed to fight them “until the end”.
Following the Labour Court ruling yesterday, Solidarity, which represented Foeta Krige, the late Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp, said it would make a legal claim of R1m against Motsoeneng.
Broadcast Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu), which represented Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata and Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki, would sue for R2m.
Solidarity spokesperson Anton van der Bijl made it clear that it would lodge their legal claim against Motsoeneng,, saying: “He was a decision-maker.”
Bemawu president Hannes du Buisson appeared more cautious, saying their legal claim would be lodged against the SABC, Motsoeneng and Simon Tebele, chief executive news and current affairs. But the shocked Motsoeneng was having none of this.
“It is the beginning of the battle against me. This was a politically motivated case”.
He made the comments after Judge David Gush held held him liable for costs of the legal application lodged by the SABC 8 against their dismissals.
Motsoeneng was adamant that there was a vendetta against for introducing 90% local content on all SABC platforms as chief operating officer. But Solidarity has denied the allegations of a political agenda against Motsoeneng.
“I do not know the political affiliation of Mr Motsoeneng. We will be lodging the claim against him because he started the policy of banning the broadcasting of violent scenes in SABC. He was a decision-maker,” Van der Bijl said.
Motsoeneng said he would lodge an appeal after the full written judgment.
During the costs hearing, Motsoeneng’s legal counsel, Advocate Thabani Masuku, said the case against his client was an attempt to “hit his pockets and to hurt his family”.
Yesterday, Motsoeneng maintained that was the motive.