South Africa 24.4.2015 11:00 am

Hlaudi fights for his R2.4m-a-year job

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Gallo Images

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Gallo Images

Controversial SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng is stubbornly clinging on to his R2.4million-a-year job: he yesterday vowed to again appeal the court decision to “suspend him immediately for 60 days” pending a hearing.

Minutes after the Western Cape High Court ruled the SABC must suspend its Chief Operating Officer, a defiant Motsoeneng lodged a notice of intention to appeal the ruling.

The matter was initially brought before the court by the DA to enforce Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations.

Last February, Madonsela’s report found Motsoeneng had lied about having a matric certificate.

She also found he had irregularly raised his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million. The public protector recommended Motsoeneng be suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.

The DA first secured a court ruling giving effect to Madonsela’s recommendations in October last year. But Motsoeneng opposed it.

Yesterday Judge Anton Schippers again ruled in favour of the DA, saying “the order he handed down in October must be implemented”.

Schippers was not convinced the SABC would suffer irreparable harm if disciplinary action was taken against Motsoeneng.

Commenting after the ruling, DA federal chairperson James Selfe said: “This judgement is an important test for the powers of the public broadcaster”.

But soon after the ruling, Motsoeneng lawyer, Zola Majavu – paid by the SABC – initiated an appeal. “He (Motsoeneng) was found to have lied by a person who has no powers. We have been granted permission to appeal.”

SABC lawyer Barnabas Xulu said: “We have just issued our notice to appeal. The ruling will harm the SABC because it will
remain without a leader.”

Motsoeneng said he was unfazed by the judgement.

“For me every day is normal. I am just an employee of the SABC. My focus is a duty at hand.”

– warrenm@citizen.co.za

 

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