Hlaudi ‘victim of unfair treatment’
Bekezela Phakathi | 2017-02-22 06:48:21.0
Hlaudi Motsoeneng File photo.
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Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC’s controversial former COO, has questioned the credibility of a draft report by the parliamentary committee investigating the management of the public broadcaster.
In a written submission to the committee, Motsoeneng’s lawyer said his client had been “prejudiced” because he had not been invited to give evidence.
Committee chairman Vincent Smith said the committee rejected Motsoeneng’s contention.
African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart said SABC executives, including Motsoeneng, could have taken part in the inquiry and cross-examine witnesses but had declined the opportunity.
United Democratic Movement chief whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said in January that Motsoeneng should be invited to testify before the committee.
In February the High Court in Cape Town dismissed the SABC’s application for leave to appeal its order that Motsoeneng be barred from occupying any position at the public broadcaster.
The court ruled late last year that Motsoeneng’s appointment as group executive for corporate affairs – the post he held prior to becoming COO – had been “irrational and unlawful”.
It said Motsoeneng could not occupy any position at the SABC unless a 2014 report by the public protector was set aside by a court, or new disciplinary processes against him were finalised.
The High Court said the initial disciplinary hearing that cleared Motsoeneng of wrongdoing was “wholly inadequate”.