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SABC in contempt of court for not immediately suspending boss - DA

SABC in contempt of court for not immediately suspending boss - DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that it would be filing a court order to have the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) uphold the suspension of its controversial Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Last week, the public broadcaster confirmed it would be approaching the Constitutional Court to overturn the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling, for Motsoeneng to be suspended and face disciplinary action pending the outcome of an investigation brought the DA.

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.

Speaking in a statement, DA Federal Chairperson James Selfe said the SABC had shown contempt for the court’s ruling by not immediately taking action against Motsoeneng.

“[This] is the latest demonstration that the ANC in government has absolutely no regard for the Rule of Law and due process,” Selfe said.

“The disciplinary proceedings, as appears from the Application for leave to appeal the judgment served today, was instituted on 12 October 2015 with a hearing scheduled on 30 October 2015. The DA, through its legal counsel, has written to the SABC stipulating that should it fail to give effect to the suspension of Mr Motsoeneng by 14:00, will not hesitate to make the SABC comply with law and order”.