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SABC boss’ case to be heard in Supreme Court today

SABC boss’ case to be heard in Supreme Court today

The lawyer representing embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has reportedly confirmed that it would be challenging the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in the Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeal later today.

In April, the Western Cape High Court placed Motsoeneng on 60 days suspension pending the outcome of an investigation brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA), after Madonsela’s report revealed that he lied about his academic qualifications, got rid of senior board members without authorisation, and illegally upped his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in less than a year.

The hearing was eventually postponed two months later allegedly due the court being unable to instruct the public broadcaster in taking action against Motsoeneng, after an internal investigation had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

“The issue that everyone is looking forward to hearing is a pronouncement on what is the status of the Public Protector,” lawyer Zola Majavu told News24.

“That is what this fight is about, that is why it even went all the way to the SCA to give clarity on whether or not her recommendations enjoy any binding status or not”.