South Africa 13.12.2016 12:03 pm

Motsoeneng advised not to report for duty – lawyer

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Michel Bega

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Michel Bega

Motsoeneng’s lawyer says there is nothing in the court order that says his client is no longer an employee of the SABC.

Embattled SABC group executive of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been advised by his lawyer not to report for duty on Tuesday following a ruling by the Western Cape High Court that he should not hold any position at the beleaguered public broadcaster.

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His lawyer, Zola Majavu, said his client could only return to work until the SABC told him what its intentions were after the damning judgment.

On Monday, Judge Owen Rogers set aside the October 2015 disciplinary proceedings against Motsoeneng and ordered that the SABC start new proceedings against him, including his appointment in September to the head of corporate affairs.

This comes after the DA in October filed an application to have Motsoeneng removed from his position.

Judge Rogers said the disciplinary proceedings must be commenced through a new initiator and must be presided over by a new chair elected by the board.

The proceedings must be concluded within two months of that.

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Majavu said the judgement didn’t prevent his client from going to work, saying there was nothing in the court order that said Motsoeneng was no longer an employee of the SABC.

“I wrote to the employer to say‚ in the light of the court’s decision‚ what do they intend to do? They are yet to respond to my letter … I want to keep him out of the spotlight. We haven’t consulted, and I am only seeing later today or tomorrow, as I am in the high court for another matter.

“This judgment doesn’t really disturb the status quo much … The process of the appointment of a board is a parliamentary process. But I don’t know what my client’s instruction will be,” he said.

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