21 August 2014

South Africa: Eye of the Storm - Hlaudi Slips Through the Tangled Web - for Now

Photo: SABC
Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC Chief Operating Officer.


While the Western Cape High court was hearing an application initiated by the DA for an urgent interdict to have SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's permanent appointment set aside and for him to be suspended immediately, the Public Protector and the Communications Minister met in Pretoria and agreed to co-operate on the matter. So where does that leave the DA? Or Hlaudi? Or the SABC, for that matter?

More or less the same time Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi were meeting in Pretoria yesterday, Madonsela's legal representative, Etienne Labuschagne, argued in the Cape High Court that the remedial action she had set out in her February report in relation to SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng was binding.

That legal representatives acting for some of the nine respondents (and in particular Norman Arendse acting for Motsoeneng) in the case brought by the Democratic Alliance in the Cape High Court this week had "glossed" over these recommendations - regarding them instead as mere "proposals" - Labuschagne said, "sounded the death knell for the effectiveness of the office of the Public Protector".

Labuschagne told Justice Ashwin Schippers that organs of state had recently embarked on a variety of...

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