SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has sidestepped the findings and recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for longer than President Jacob Zuma, but the DA wants this to come to an end.
The City Press reported that the DA has filed a court application to set aside recent disciplinary action by the SABC against Motsoeneng, which was described as a farce.
In 2014, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Motsoeneng had operated above the law, which included an irregular appointment and a crooked salary progression.
She found that Motsoeneng irregularly and rapidly increased the salaries of various staff members, resulting in the state broadcaster footing an unprecedented salary bill escalation of R29 million.
She also found that Motsoeneng misrepresented his qualifications to the SABC, including that he had passed matric.
Madonsela’s report recommended that the SABC board institute corrective action against “dishonest” Motsoeneng.
In December 2015, Motsoeneng was cleared of charges against him following the hearing.
The DA referred to the hearings as a farce, which prompted it to bring the court application to set them aside.
However, Motsoeneng’s lawyer told the City Press that the recent Constitutional Court ruling regarding the Public Protector’s powers – and that they are binding – had no bearing on his client.
He said Motsoeneng did abide by the Public Protector’s report, and adhered to the remedial action suggested by Madonsela.