DA and SABC reach agreement over Hlaudi’s suspension

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 21, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has dropped its application to have the suspension of controversial Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng declare in contempt of court, after the public broadcaster earlier today announced it had agreed to the terms in a letter received from the party.

“To this end, the SABC confirms that they accept that Mr Motsoeneng will not be allowed to access the premises of the SABC, will not be permitted to contact any SABC employees, or access any company documents, will not exercise any of the powers of the COO or participate in matters relating to the Board or in the governance of the SABC,” DA Federal Chairperson James Selfe said in a statement.

“It was critical to get the SABC to insist that Mr Motsoeneng comply with these stipulations while he is the subject of a disciplinary inquiry so that he cannot pollute the integrity of the inquiry. His suspension an opportunity to start getting the SABC back on track”.

Last week, Selfe announced that the party would seek legal action against the public broadcaster’s failure to immediately suspended Motsoeneng, after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled he must face disciplinary action pending the outcome of an investigation brought by DA earlier this year.

Motsoeneng was placed on 60 days suspension in April following a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, which found that he lied about academic qualifications, illegally got rid of senior board members and upped his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in less than a year. He however continued to remain at work.