Following the Supreme Court of Appeal‘ decisionto dismiss a second application for leave to appeal the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the SABC’s COO, questions have been raised around what will happen to him now.
According to Motsoeneng’s lawyer, Zola Majavu, they will not be approaching the Constitutional Court as there are no constitutional arguments to be made against the ruling originally handed down by the Western Cape High Court.
Motsoeneng is apparently back at work at the public broadcaster headquarters in Auckland Park, but cannot resume work as the COO, without being in contempt of court.
“What we have decided to do is to write a letter on his behalf to the SABC as for clarity as to what is it that they intend to do in light of this judgement,”Majavu told the SABC.
“We are basically throwing the ball back into the court of those who took the decision to appoint him and once we have received the employer’s response I will then be able to advise him accordingly.”
The Department of Communications, whose Minister had been part of the appeals, has said it is studying the judgement and is confident that the board of the SABC will make an informed decision on how it intends to handle this ruling.
According to reports, Motsoeneng still wants to work at the public broadcaster, but be appointed to a different position.