The Democratic Alliance Party has taken it upon itself to see to it that Motsoeneng permanently leaves the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
The party noted that it filed its founding affidavit in the Western Cape High Court to have the appointment of the former SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as Group Executive of Corporate Affairs declared invalid.
By doing so, the party said it would be requesting that the courts make a determination that Mr Motsoeneng is not a fit and proper person to hold any position at the SABC.
The DA noted:
“Specifically, this application seeks to finally remove Mr Motsoeneng from the SABC and prevent him from serving in any senior position in the SABC unless and until the Public Protector’s damning findings about his conduct and character are reviewed and set aside.”
The DA chose to do this in reaction to Motsoeneng’s recent appointment as the Group Executive Corporate Affairs at the SABC – a senior position on the SABC’s Executive Committee.
Motsoeneng, at the time of his new appointment, also made it clear that he intends to apply for the vacant COO post even as a number of the SABC board indicated their support for his reappointment .
Reacting to this, the DA said it would remain unshaken in its move to dislodge Motsoeneng from his job permanently, claiming he now pose a threat to South African democracy.
The DA maintains that Mr Motsoeneng is an unethical, manipulative fraudster who has destroyed any semblance of good corporate governance at the SABC. Moreover, according to their statements, he is a modern day “Goebbels” who treats the public broadcaster as his personal fiefdom to spread propaganda.
The party said it will fight to make sure to have Motsoeneng permanently leaves the state broadcaster.
The DA also emphasized:
“While the Board should have taken steps to remove him in the interest of the SABC, when they appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Communications they refused to see that Mr Motsoeneng could no longer continue as an employee of the public broadcaster.”
The party also added:
“In fact the remaining six members of the Board have refused to rescind their support for Mr Motsoeneng. Instead they complained that they are being “bullied” by Parliament and vowed to resist any inquiry into their fitness for office.
“In doing so, they have defied the Public Protector, the Judiciary, and Parliament. This must come to an end because no man is above the law. The only way to stop Mr Motsoeneng is for the Courts to remove him from his current position and prevent him from holding any other public position.”
Meanwhile, the opposition party noted that it had asked the Court for a declaration that the SABC Board is not only inquorate but that it too has aided and abetted the sharp decline of the public broadcaster.
The party however boasted that it has won every single stage of the litigation against Mr Motsoeneng and the SABC.
“The Western Cape High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) have repeatedly held that it is irrational and unlawful for Mr Motsoeneng to serve as COO. It is unfathomable that the Board continues to support him.”
The party ended by saying ensuring Motsoeneng permanently leaves SABC is for the good of South African democracy.