COURT CHALLENGE TO RE-APPOINTMENT OF HEAD OF SBC OFFICIAL

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) wants the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Head of Corporate Affairs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to be removed from the position and has gone to court to declare his re-appointment invalid and unlawful.

Addressing the media in parliament here Wednesday, the DA Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe, said the party had filed papers in the High Court in Cape Town to challenge Motsoeneng’s new appointment. Motsoeneng was previously chief operating officer at the SABC.

“In doing, so we are asking the courts to make a determination that Mr Motsoeneng is not a fit and proper person to serve in a senior position in the SABC. Specifically, our court papers seek to finally remove Mr Motsoeneng from the SABC and prevent him from serving at any senior position at the SABC, unless and until the Public Protector’s damning findings about his conduct and character are reviewed and set aside.”

In September, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal a High Court judgment that his permanent appointment as Chief Operation Officer at the SABC was invalid and should be set aside. He has since been re-appointed Head of Corporate Affairs.

Last Friday, the Western Cape High Court handed down a judgment which paved the way for Motsoeneng to face another disciplinary inquiry.

In 2015, the Western Cape High Court found that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had illegally appointed Motsoeneng who then approached the SCA to appeal the ruling.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK