End Of Road For Motsoeneng As Supreme Court Rejects Leave To Appeal


BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed 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.

As learned, the Supreme Court dismissed the application indicating that there are no prospects of success in another court.

“…The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs on the grounds that there is no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal and there is no other compelling reason why it should be heard,” SCA stated in its court order.

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You’ll recall that the Western Cape High Court earlier this year, ruled that Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as SABC COO was unlawful and irrational.

It was the Democratic Alliance (DA) party that filed an application to have Motsoeneng’s appointment set aside.

That was after the Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi appointed Motsoeneng SABC COO despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against him.

Among other things, Madonsela’s report highlighted that the SABC boss misrepresented his qualifications.

Reporting this, SABC specified that an SABC disciplinary hearing cleared Motsoeneng of any wrongdoing last year.

Nonetheless, the DA has called on  Motsoeneng to vacate the SABC without delay.

“Mr. Motsoeneng, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC have been unsuccessful in almost all courts in which he has sought to keep his job.

He and his band of protectors now need to abandon this abuse of our judicial system and the taxpayers’ money into which millions of rands have already plundered,” stated the DA.

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Highlighting instances where Motsoeneng has taken decisions that directly contradict the SABC’s obligations, DA tasked Mr. Motsoeneng and the SABC to stop their vexatious litigation and not approach the Constitutional Court.

The opposition party called on the SABC boss to tender his resignation immediately, saying it is the only way to start restoring SABC’s credibility.