sabcSowetanLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng has gone to court to challenge a five-year-old report by the public protector in his latest bid to force the public broadcaster to release his R8m pension payout.  

He is also attempting to stop the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU's) civil suit which seeks to recover R21m from him.  In court papers filed on Tuesday, Motsoeneng argued that the remedial actions by then public protector Thuli Madonsela were not meant to be used as evidence in a current civil claim by the SIU.  He also argued the SABC needed to test the findings of Madonsela's report in an internal disciplinary process.  Madonsela found that Motsoeneng irregularly increased salaries of staff to the tune of R29m and directed the SABC board to take steps to recover such monies.  She also directed the SABC to take disciplinary action against him for misrepresenting his qualifications, abuse of power, improper appointments and salary increments.  This recommendation, according to Motsoeneng, meant that the adverse findings against him were neither binding nor "evidence that I was guilty, otherwise that would render superfluous the remedial action to subject me to a disciplinary process".  Following the release of the report, the SABC undertook a disciplinary hearing which cleared Motsoeneng, but it was set aside by a court of law, which ruled that a new process had to be instituted.  Motsoeneng has now argued that because that hearing never took place, he has had to resort to court to review and set aside the report, which was being used to "interfere with his right" to access his pension.

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