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sabcCity Press reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has won a court challenge against the public broadcaster.  

He scored a victory in the Western Cape High Court on 21 November in a case concerning an application that was brought by the SABC to force him to pay the legal costs it had incurred in a particular case.  Motsoeneng had initially taken legal action against the broadcaster soon after his axing in June 2017, in response to the SABC charging him for comments he had made at a press conference in April 2017.  Motsoeneng challenged his former employer for charging him on that basis, rather than on then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations.  In her report, released in 2014, Madonsela recommended that action be taken against Motsoeneng for receiving exorbitant salary increases and lying in his SABC application form that he had a matric certificate.  Motsoeneng then withdrew his case, but last week the SABC was unsuccessful in forcing him to cover the legal costs.  At the 2017 press conference, Motsoeneng defended the decisions he had taken as COO of the SABC, including his implementation of the 90% local content policy.  By that time, he had been placed on suspension from the SABC, following a court ruling.  He was fired in June 2017 for bringing the public broadcaster into disrepute.  The legal action taken by the SABC against him for costs is one of a number of court cases the broadcaster is said to be involved in.  

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Msindisi Fengu on page 6 of City Press of 1 December 2019


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