The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed an application by SABC COO, Hlaudi Motoseneng and Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, to appeal the court decision ruling his appointment unlawful.

This was announced today by DA Chairperson of the Federal Council, James Selfe.

“The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs on the grounds that there is no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal and there is no other compelling reason why it should be heard,” the ruling reads.

In November last year, the Western Cape High Court ruled that Motsoeneng’s appointment was unlawful after the DA had sought a court order in October to hold the SABC in contempt of court for failing to suspend him.

In May this year, the court dismissed an application for leave to appeal the decision.

In June, the Motsoeneng and Muthambi again launched a second bid to appeal the high court’s decision, which has now also failed.

“Mr Motsoeneng, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC have been unsuccessful in almost all courts in which he has sought to keep his job. He and his band of protectors now need to abandon this abuse of our judicial system and the taxpayers money into which millions of rands have already plundered,” Selfe said.

“The DA calls on Mr Motsoeneng and the SABC to stop their vexatious litigation and not approach the Constitutional Court and tender his resignation effective immediately. This is the only way that the process to restore the SABC’s credibility can begin,” Selfe added.

The DA said it is satisfied by the SCA’s declination of the petition.

[Source – DA]