South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has vowed to retain his position despite losing a string of court challenges to rivals.
Motsoeneng has been patronizing legal luminaries and law courts after it was ruled that he unlawfully climbed into power as SABC’s chief operating officer, the latest one delivered by the High Court in Cape Town on Monday.
The court had initially found that he was illegally appointed by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. And on Monday, the Cape Town High Court dismissed Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal against the initial ruling that set aside his permanent appointment.
Though he lost the case, SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the chief operating officer would “definitely” petition the Supreme Court of Appeal. He promised that his lawyers would attend to the case.
“Mr Motsoeneng is still the COO (chief operating officer) until all court processes have been concluded,” Kganyago asserted.
DA Demands Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s Resignation
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says its considering securing another court order to strictly debar Motsoeneng from having access to his official seat until all appeals have been finalized.
According to DA federal executive chairman James Selfe, a court order would be the only way to ensure the ruling by Cape Town High Court was enforced.
Selfie said, “Our advice is that he has ceased to be an employee of the SABC because the original order was that he was unlawfully employed. He shouldn’t go to work because he is no longer an employee of the SABC.”
Motsoeneng has been involved in protracted legal battles with the DA over the past three years and felt vindicated by Monday’s ruling.
Notably, the opposition party had won both the first and second round of the case against the public broadcaster.
Lending his voice, Constitutional law expert and political commentator Shadrack Gutto said “He [Motsoeneng] is defying the courts, and this has been allowed by the board because it is compromised. He has to step aside, if not resign.”
It is paramount to note that the case was first brought to the court by the DA, based on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against the public broadcaster made in 2014.
In her report – When Governance and Ethics Fail, Madonsela found that Hlaudi Motsoeneng had fabricated his matric qualification and outrageously increased his salary from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year.