It was in December 2016 that the Western Cape High Court ruled against Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
That was after the Democratic Alliance party dragged Motsoeneng to the High Court demanding that his appointment as group executive of corporate affairs be declared unlawful.
Mr Motsoeneng was reappointed to the position of group executive of corporate affairs, a position he held before he became the chief operating officer.
He was reappointed to the office despite a report from the then Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela which among other things indicated that Motsoeneng lied about having a matric certificate on his CV.
Then, Judge Owen Rogers ruled that Motsoeneng is unfit to hold any position at SABC. According to the judge, appointing Bessie Tugwana acting CEO in order to make Motsoeneng the group executive of corporate affairs was unlawful and invalid.
Rogers upheld that Motsoeneng must be removed from his position. However, SABC applied for a leave to appeal the judgement.
Now, BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that the bid to appeal the previous ruling by the Western Cape High Court has been dismissed.
The DA welcomed the dismissing of the appeal by the Western Cape High Court as a victory for rule of law.
“This is a victory for the rule of law and a positive step towards restoring the integrity and independence of the SABC.
…Mr Motsoeneng and his toxic influence will now be removed from the SABC, until such time (when) he has either faced a satisfactory disciplinary hearing and/or the findings and remedial action by PP have been reviewed and set aside by another court.
This case has gone on for some time as the first part of the DA’s action against Mr Motsoeneng, where the DA sought confirmation from the court that Mr Motsoeneng is unfit to hold any position at the SABC, was heard in 2014.”
Based on the above, the party called on SABC to stop its frivolous litigation at the expense of the South African taxpayer.
And, charged the decision makers of the Broadcasting Corporation to focus on correcting the damage Mr Motsoeneng caused during his reign of terror.