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Motsoeneng Must Pay

OUTA welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal to dismiss, with costs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal.

Motsoeneng is synonymous with catastrophe at the SABC in terms of reputational damage to the corporation, maladministration, corruption and unfair labour practice. In 2017 the Labour Court ruled that Motsoeneng should be held personally liable for the legal costs associated with dismissing the SABC 8 arising from his ban on the SABC’s broadcasting of protests. It’s this decision that Motsoeneng tried to challenge. At the time, OUTA said that Motsoeneng should pay all those costs, not the SABC.

“This appeal has been dismissed, which means Motsoeneng will be held accountable, which is what OUTA stands and fights for,” says Dominique Msibi, OUTA’s Portfolio Manager for Special Projects.

OUTA’s case against Motsoeneng, lodged in December 2016, is still under investigation. OUTA is dealing with two law enforcement agencies in this regard and is in regular communication with them to receive feedback and status updates. We applaud the law enforcement agencies involved for their vigilance in taking this matter forward.

In another SABC matter, OUTA reported former CFO James Aguma to the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in May 2017. This investigation is also ongoing.

OUTA is a proudly South African non-profit civil action organisation, comprising of and supported by people who are passionate about holding government accountable and improving the prosperity of South Africa.

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