DA Drags Motsoeneng And SABC Board To High Court


Democratic Alliance party says it has decided to approach the Western Cape High Court to have the appointment of former SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as Group Executive of Corporate Affairs declared invalid.

Citing “a slew of adverse judicial findings against” Motsoeneng’s qualifications and conduct, the opposition party disclosed that it is asking the court to make a determination that Mr. Motsoeneng is unfit and improper to hold any position at the SABC.

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Aside that, DA wants the court to make a determination of the suitability of the incumbent Board and proffer legal certainty on how the Board is to be dissolved and a new one appointed.

Adding that it isn’t ideal to approach the nations Judiciary on the issues, the party argued that “uncooperative government agencies who refuse to give effect to their statutory obligations to operate in the public interest” made it necessary.

“Mr. Motsoeneng and the SABC Board have been the subject of scathing judgments by the Western Cape High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

Mr. Motsoeneng, aided and abetted by a dysfunctional SABC Board and the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, has for too long gotten his way, while at the same time undermining the Public Protector, the Judiciary and the people of South Africa.

Just yesterday ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, finally acknowledged that the reshuffling of Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng to a new position is ‘illogical’ on the basis of the Public Protector’s egregious findings against his initial appointment and the numerous court judgements reaffirming this,” DA stated.

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With the forgoing, the party affirmed that it is committed to restoring the integrity and independence of the SABC.

The first step to that is to ensure that SABC has the right leadership which will participate fully in all processes to reestablish the credibility and integrity of the public broadcaster, DA counseled.

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