Hlaudi vows to fight SABC 8 ‘un­til the end’

Saturday Star - - NEWS - BALDWIN NDABA

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.

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