Embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng will today report for work not as the public broadcaster’s COO but as an ordinary employee.
This development was disclosed by his lawyer, Zola Majavu on Monday evening. The legal practitioner also told repoters that he has not received instructions from Motsoeneng to take the matter further to the Constitutional Court.
However, Majavu said that he has advised Motsoeneg not to bother taking the case to the constitutional court; because it would make little or no point.
“I have made that clear to him. He understands it. I said (he should) go report for duty. Let the employer indicate what are they going to do with your continued employment there.
The appointment that was set aside was made by the SABC board with the concurrence of the minister,” Majavu added.
COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng Writes To SABC
Meanwhile, Motsoeneng, through his lawyer has written to the SABC to determine where the now former COO will be fixed; since he [Motosoeneg] was an employee and an executive member of the broadcasting coporation before his apppointment as the COO.
The Ministry of Communications said it is studying the SCA’s judgment. The ministry via its spokesperson Mish Molakeng also expressed confidence that SABC board will make an informed decision on how it intends to handle this ruling.
Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected an application for leave to appeal by the SABC board; Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi; and Motsoeneng against the decision of the high court in Cape Town – which found Motsoeneng’s appointment was invalid and set it aside.
“…The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs on the grounds that there is no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal; and there is no other compelling reason why it should be heard,” SCA stated in its court order.
Earlier this year, the Western Cape High Court ruled that Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as SABC COO was unlawful and irrational. The application was brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Meanwhile, the DA has accepted the judgement. The opposition party also asked former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to immediately vacate SABC without hesitation.