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“Motsoeneng must cover his own costs” - Cope

“Motsoeneng must cover his own costs” - Cope

Congress of the People (Cope) Spokesperson, Dennis Bloem, has said that suspended South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, must face disciplinary action and not be allowed back to work as stated by the Western Cape High Court.

Bloem’s comments after Judge Ashton Schippers yesterday suspended Motsoeneng for 60 days pending an investigation brought by Democratic Alliance (DA), into his conduct at the public broadcaster. His lawyer, Zola Majavu, has however stated that they plan on appealing the decision not allowing him to work.

“The SABC is a public broadcaster and must protect the public interest. The SABC must let Motsoeneng face a disciplinary enquiry. It has an obligation to do so,” Bloem said in statement.

He also added that Motsoeneng should cover the appeal's costs out of his own pocket, and that the public broadcaster cannot be expected to pay for his legal fees.

Referring to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings in February last year that Motsoeneng lied about his academic qualifications when applying for position, Bloem said that the work carried out by her office must be adhered to as its blatant ignoring constitutes a waste of money.

“The executive branch of government has a moral duty to act on the Public protector’s finding to complete the circle in a partnership between the Public Protector and the Executive.

“The Constitution requires a joint responsibility by both organs of state in order to protect the public against the abuse of power. Let Motsoeneng appeal in his own individual right and let him fund his own costs,” he remarked.

In a warning to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, Bloem said that the continues appealing of Motsoeneng’s case on behalf of the SABC is nothing but a waste of taxpayer’s money, and that Madonsela’s original ruling of a 90 day suspension period whilst a new COO is being selected, should be upheld. Motsoeneng has remained in office despite the recommendation.

“We want to caution the Minister that the patience of people is running out. People will very soon stop paying their TV licenses. That time is approaching very fast. Those who falsify their qualifications to seek plumb appointments need to face the consequences of their action,” Bloem said.