Shortly after Judge Owen Rogers said Motsoeneng is not entitled to occupy any position in the SABC, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane tweeted: “Hlaudi is unemployed @sabc…” The DA brought the high court action in which the court also ruled that Motsoeneng must pay the legal fees in his personal capacity.
The ‘Right to Know’ movement also tweeted: “WC High Court rules Hlaudi’s appointment unlawful & irrational‚ should not hold any position at SABC”. Lawyers for the DA argued that Motsoeneng is unfit to hold any senior position at the SABC.
The court action follows the dismissal of his appeals against court rulings that upheld the findings of a Public Protector’s report that found Motsoeneng’s appointment as chief operating officer was irregular. Motsoeneng was‚ subsequent to that ruling‚ appointed to head up corporate affairs.
The high court ruling came as Parliamant’s ad hoc committee continues with its inquiry into issues at the SABC and the board’s fitness to hold office.