Hlaudi Motsoeneng.   Picture: SOWETAN
Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: SOWETAN

THE SACP and the Congress of the People (COPE) joined the voices calling for the SABC’s chief operating officer‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng‚ to be removed from his position.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Monday dismissed Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal against a judgment of the High Court in Cape Town‚ which found that his appointment as chief operating officer was invalid, and set it aside.

In dismissing Motsoeneng’s application‚ the SCA said his application had no reasonable prospects of success.

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In its statement‚ the SACP said it maintained Motsoeneng was appointed unfairly and that due processes were not followed.

"The appointment was characteristic of favouritism in the form of a job reservation of a special type exclusively benefitting Motsoeneng, with any suitably qualified candidate denied an equal right to apply‚" it said.

The SACP said the best the SABC could do was to remove Motsoeneng from the position to avoid further embarrassment and follow the rule of law in filling this and other positions.

COPE also called on Motsoeneng to vacate the broadcasting seat immediately.

"Now that the SCA dismissed his application for leave to appeal a High Court ruling‚ he must step down because his appointment was unlawful." COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem said Motsoeneng knew that he did not have the necessary qualifications to occupy that position.

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