The Democratic Alliance (DA) is set to battle former SABC Chief Operation Officer(COO) new appointment as the Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.
DA’s Federal Executive Chairperson Jamie Selfe said Motsoeneng’s redeployment illustrates a lot of irregularity
“The speed and apparent secrecy with which the “process” was carried out raises questions about the credibility of the appointment hot off the heels of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) dismissal of leave to appeal,” said Selfe.
On Tuesday the SABC at a media briefing announced Motsoeneng will return to his previous position of Group Executive, Corporate Affairs.
Selfe said the appointed raised many questions and added they will be consulting their lawyers on any possible actions they can take against the SABC. He added they also request answers for their questions.
“This appointment raises questions specifically around: Who had the position of Group Executive: Corporate Affairs before? Was the position even vacant? Was the position advertised? Were proper appointment procedures duly observed?,” said Selfe.
“It is also particularly concerning because the CEO and acting COO are one and the same person- James Aguma. During the press conference it was also suggested that the board may not have been consulted on the appointment,” added Selfe.
On the other hand Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has warned the SABC that she will investigate it for not complying with the law by appointing Motsoeneng into another top position at the public broadcaster.
She said she will be probing the processes followed by the public broadcaster to appoint Motsoeneng to the position he previously held. She added she told the broadcaster that any appointment for Motsoeneng by the SABC is illegal and had warned all parties this week not to go ahead and appoint the former chief operations officer to any position.
By Senzile Kubheka