Following court’s order that the SABC board chair Hlaudi Motsoeneng be suspended, the Democratic Alliance has issued an ultimatum to the state broadcasting corporation to give a full report on the job status of beleaguered chief operating officer (COO).
The Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an order that the state broadcaster’s chief operating officer, Motsoeneng be suspended after the court rejected what the DA referred to as “frivolous petitions” for leave to appeal.
But report has it that Motsoeneng reported to work, putting aside court order for his suspension.
Clarifying the reason for his appearance in the state broadcaster, Motsoeneng’s lawyer Zola Majavu said Hlaudi would show up to work on Tuesday as an “ordinary employee” and that his client’s dismissal is as COO, not as an employee of the SABC.
The DA says its legal team has written to the SABC board to request the details on Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s employment status at the public broadcaster.
In its ultimatum, the DA asked the SABC to respond to its request for confirmation that:
- Mr. Motsoeneng currently occupies another position, the relevant details of that position, and when he was appointed to that position;
- Another person has been appointed to act as COO, and the name of that person; and
- The SABC board has started a legitimate process to appoint a permanent COO that is consistent with the Broadcasting Act, its Articles of Association and the Board Charter.
The party said it has given the state-owned enterprise until Monday, 26 September 2016, to respond to its request.
“Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the SABC must now comply with the judgment of the Western Cape High Court. Failure to do so will leave the DA with no other option but to pursue the matter further.” the party noted.
Meanwhile, in addition to the disciplinary proceedings finally instituted by the SABC, Motsoeneng is now fighting multiple separate legal battles and the Democratic Alliance has warned that there’s another on its way on Thursday.