20 August 2014

South Africa: Still Standing - SABC Board Comes Out to Bat for Hlaudi While Thuli Sticks to Her Guns

Photo: SABC
Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC Chief Operating Officer.


While counsel for embattled SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, argued that an application in the Cape High Court to have him immediately suspended was "politically opportunistic", an affidavit by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, warned that the decision by the SABC Board and the Communications Minister to disregard her February report "has significant implications for the workings of our democracy and the independence and effectiveness of the institution of the Public Protector."

The wood-panelled Court Nine at the Cape High Court was fully loaded on Tuesday as five silks (senior counsel) and 11 advocates packed the benches to present arguments in an application for an urgent interim interdict to have SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, immediately suspended from the position he was permanently appointed to in July this year. At the time, Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, claimed that a legal firm had cleared Motsoeneng of all wrongdoing.

Taxpayers are, of course, forking out for the considerable legal bills certain to be racked up in the continuing saga of Hlaudi 'Teflon' Motsoaneng, who rose from lowly freelancer in Qwa Qwa in 1996 to the SABC Acting COO and then the SABC COO, and who has been left standing after several attempts...

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