You already know that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) rejected SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s petition for leave to appeal the Western Cape High Court judgment regarding his appointment.
To SCA, “…the application for leave to appeal…(has) no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal and there is no other compelling reason why it should be heard.”
That follows the Western Cape High Court rule that Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as SABC COO was unlawful and irrational.
Reacting to this, the Presidency issued a statement saying it would respect the Supreme Court’s ruling on Motsoeneng.
“At the meeting between Government and the Judiciary last year, it was reaffirmed that government would respect court rulings. Government fully abides by that undertaking.
The courts are the highest arbiters in disputes in society and all in our country must respect the courts and ensure that the Constitution and the rule of law prevail at all times,” reads the Presidency statement.
Also, the Ministry of Communications has dismissed reports saying it was asked by SABC board to approve Motsoeneng’s appointment as acting Chief Operation Officer of the broadcasting corporation.
“We want to state categorically that we have not formally received such letter from the SABC Board for the Minister’s consideration.
…We are confident that the SABC will give due consideration to the court ruling in the case of Motsoeneng. As the shareholder representative, our duty is to wait for the SABC to engage us formally on this matter, in line with the mandate of the broadcaster.
Until such time, it would be highly in appropriate for the ministry to make public pronouncements,” stated the Ministry.
Meanwhile, SABC reported that its Non-Executive board member, Krish Naidoo insisted that he won’t endorse any moves to re-appoint Motsoeneng as the public broadcaster’s acting Chief Operating Officer.
Naidoo as quoted, said: “I cannot be party to a decision that is unlawful because I’ll be complicit in committing a crime. I’ve chosen not to support the resolution and have made that public,” he added.