Motsoeneng’s lawyer hits out a “flawed” Public Protector report


The lawyer representing controversial South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has branded the findings against his client by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as flawed.

Addressing the Western Cape High Court yesterday, Norman Arendse said Madonsela failed to interview available witnesses regarding the matter, and that the board of the public broadcaster, including Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, took her findings into account, as well as additional info, when it appointed Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng was placed on 60 days suspension in April after the report by Madonsela last year 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 despite an investigation being launched Democratic Alliance (DA).

A subsequent ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal to have his suspension dismissed was struck off the roll last week, with the public broadcaster announcing that it would take the matter to the Constitutional Court.

In a statement yesterday, party Federal Chairperson James Selfe said it would seek further legal action against the SABC for failing to immediately take action against Motsoeneng as outlined by the court.