Order to suspend Motsoeneng to be upheld, court rules

Western Cape High Court has upheld the order to keep Hlaudi Motsoeneng suspended. (Madelene Cronje, MG)

Western Cape High Court has upheld the order to keep Hlaudi Motsoeneng suspended. (Madelene Cronje, MG)

Judge Ashton Schippers granted SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, but his interim suspension must take place with immediate effective, the court heard.

“The judgment goes to the heart of the Public Protector’s remedial actions in affairs of the State,” the Democratic Alliance’s James Selfe said outside court.

“If the disciplinary proceedings find him innocent, he can presumably go back to work after 60 days.”

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago could not be reached for comment by News24 immediately after the ruling.

The DA had brought an application for an interim order to have Motsoeneng suspended pending a disciplinary hearing, as ordered by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Despite Madonsela’s finding, Motsoeneng had remained in his job at the public broadcaster.

The DA has said this judgment was an important test for the powers of the Public Protector.

“The implication of this judgment is that organs of state must implement the findings and remedial actions of the Public Protector unless rational grounds, that would stand up in a court, are presented for not doing so,” the opposition party said ahead of the ruling. – News24.com

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