Opposition party – The Democratic Alliance says South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) internal disciplinary committee which concurred that Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng could not have lied about his matric certificate or sacked senior staff members was wrong.
SABC’s Motsoeneng three-count charges were discarded after the corporation’s internal disciplinary committee, chaired by Willem Edeling found him not guilty.
The COO was charged for lying about his matric certificate and increasing his salary thrice within one year.
But, DA seems not to be satisfied with the way Motsoeneng’s case was handled. The party has therefore called on the Western Cape High Court to order a new disciplinary inquiry to take an impartial look at Motsoeneng’s case.
The party’s James Selfe made this call on Thursday. Speaking further, Selfie maintained that the inquiry “amounted to nothing more than a stitch-up to shield him from accountability which we contend is at odds with the remedial actions as ordered by the public protector.”
They therefore called for an impartial disciplinary inquiry be re-established to look into Motsoeneng’s fitness to hold office.
The DA demands that the inquiry be chaired by a new and independent person, appointed by the SABC board and not Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.
The party also wants the new inquiry to begin within 14 days of the order and to be completed within 60 days and that Mr Motsoeneng be suspended pending the outcome of the new disciplinary inquiry.
Meanwhile, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago has reacted to Selfie’s proposition by asking him not to interfere in the business of the corporation.
Kganyago further reiterated that the more reason the DA should steer clear of the business is because it is an ’employer-employee’ affair and not a public thing.
Kganyago stated that the broadcaster would defend the matter in court.
“We regard this matter as an employer-employee matter. The DA doesn’t have the right to get involved in the disciplinary matter between employer and employee,” he told News24.
Lately, the DA has been soliciting for a fair South Africa as the party seems to be ready to promote all-round fairness in the country.
According to the party leader Maimane, “over the coming month, tens of thousands of DA volunteers around the country will be knocking on doors and speaking to ordinary South Africans about the DA’s commitment to a fair South Africa.”
“They will be coming to visit you in your homes to discuss how the DA is already working to build a fairer South Africa where we govern, and how we can do that in more places if we’re elected.”
The party also promised to create “a fair and more equitable society – one which has redressed the injustices of the past – is at the very heart of what guides the Democratic Alliance’s policies, the way we govern and our vision for the future of South Africa.”