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SABC boss’ case going to ConCourt

By Charl Bosch - Oct 9, 2015
SABC boss’ case going to ConCourt

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed it would be approaching the Constitutional Court to overturn the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling to suspend its controversial Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

According to reports, the public broadcaster has called on its lawyers to submit the application after the Supreme Court yesterday dismissed Motsoeneng’s request to appeal against his suspension, pending the outcome of a an investigation brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

He was placed on 60 days suspension earlier this year following a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, which revealed 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.

In passing its verdict, the court stated that disciplinary action needs to be taken against Motsoeneng, and that a similar investigation, contradicting Madonsela’s originals findings, would not be earmarked for submission.

“At this stage we don’t want to explain what exactly we are appealing. We have a fourteen-day window period to do anything. So now we are in the period. He is at work today,” the ANA News Agency quoted SABC spokesperson Kaizer Khanyago as saying.