SABC re­mains mum on Hlaudi

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THREE weeks af­ter the SABC’s con­tro­ver­sial boss Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng was warned against go­ing to his of­fice, the pub­lic broad­caster yes­ter­day re­mained mum on the ef­fects of his ab­sence.

The Western Cape High Court ruled on De­cem­ber 12 that Mot­soe­neng was not fit to be an em­ployee of the SABC, and his lawyer Zola Ma­javu ad­vised him not to re­port for duty.

The SABC, which has al­ready filed its no­tice of in­ten­tion to ap­peal the rul­ing, yes­ter­day de­clined to say if there was any ef­fect on its op­er­a­tions since Mot­soe­neng last re­ported for duty in De­cem­ber.

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago said: “We do not have an up­date or any com­ment.”

In the past, Mot­soe­neng has been de­scribed as a valu­able as­set to the pub­lic broad­caster. He claimed he had turned the SABC around from a loss-mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion to a prof­itable one.

How­ever, the DA took the mat­ter to court when the broad­caster held a sham dis­ci­plinary hear­ing which cleared Mot­soe­neng, af­ter the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor found that he had fal­si­fied his ma­tric qual­i­fi­ca­tion, given him­self ir­reg­u­lar pay hikes and purged em­ploy­ees who dis­agreed with him.

Last month, Judge Owen Rogers ruled that Mot­soe­neng be re­moved from his po­si­tion as the broad­caster’s group ex­ec­u­tive of cor­po­rate af­fairs – a po­si­tion he had as­sumed af­ter an ear­lier court rul­ing said he should never have been ap­pointed chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer (COO) in the first place.

Mot­soe­neng lost his job as COO in Septem­ber when the Supreme Court of Ap­peal dis­missed his leave to ap­peal against a rul­ing by the Western Cape High Court set­ting aside his per­ma­nent ap­point­ment.

The SABC then ap­pointed him group ex­ec­u­tive for cor­po­rate af­fairs.

The DA said yes­ter­day it would op­pose the SABC’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ap­peal the lat­est court rul­ing.

DA fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son James Selfe said his party was adamant about hav­ing Mot­soe­neng per­ma­nently re­moved from of­fice.

“The court is likely to ap­point a pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer and the ini­tia­tor to over­see the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing,” Selfe said, adding he sus­pected that Mot­soe­neng was still re­ceiv­ing a salary from the SABC.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the par­lia­men­tary ad hoc com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing the af­fairs of the SABC is ex­pected to re­sume later this week. The com­mit­tee was set to re­con­vene to­day, but has re­port­edly post­poned its sit­ting till Fri­day.

Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous hear­ings, al­le­ga­tions of pos­si­ble fraud re­gard­ing an amount of R42 mil­lion paid out to a ten­der to build a new stu­dio were lev­elled against Mot­soe­neng, who has also been ac­cused of con­duct­ing a reign of ter­ror.

Mot­soe­neng has pre­vi­ously de­nied any wrong­do­ing on his part.

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