Group Executive of Corporate Affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng is likely to join the African National Congress (ANC) as a cabinet member in 2017, following the High Court judgment.
Judge Owen Rogers on Monday ruled that Motsoeneng must be removed from his position and should not hold any position at the SABC.
This judgment will now be viewed as stepping stone to have the SABC board rendered unfit to run the office, as this court ruling coincides with the Parliamentary inquiry into the broadcaster’s board.
The Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee is expected to compile its final report later this week.
During the Parliamentary inquiry, the has been revelations that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is behind Motsoeneng’s appointments as Chief Operation Officer and Group Executive of Corporate Affairs and that both appointments were done without due process.
Former SABC Board Member Vusi Mavuso on Thursday provided evidence that Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment in 2014 as COO was forced by Muthambi.
He said in July 2014 they were summoned to attend a special emergency board meeting, while in that meeting, Mavuso said Muthambi unexpectedly arrived to also attend the meeting.
It was in that meeting that Muthambi said Motsoeneng has been “acting” CEO for a long time and should be made permanent.
Muthambi is well known to be Motsoeneng’s protector, she has proved that she is Motsoeneng’s and the SABC’s loyalist by refusing to dismiss or suspend SABC Board members that were on her side.
Muthambi went as far as to defying her own party’s instructions, the African National Congress (ANC) by allowing the board members to continue working at the public broadcaster.
ANC National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu in October instructed Muthambi to apply the necessary steps on disciplining the board members.
However Muthambi remained mum on the matter. And now the Minister has been summoned by the committee to clarify her involvement at the SABC.
With Former SABC executives appearing before the Ad Hoc Committee and revealing SABC scandals, there is a probability that the committee might rule that the SABC board is unfit to run the public broadcaster.
Meaning that Motsoeneng might be left without a job, as the broadcaster has also failed to provide the necessary documents to prove that Motsoeneng’s appointment was legit.
Having no qualifications, it’s a ministerial position that doesn’t require tons of qualifications, hence in 2017 we might see Motsoeneng being Muthambi’s Deputy or having his own department to run.
The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal recently made in known that they want Motsoeneng to part of the ANC NEC.
“We want to announce that we will support your name at the ANC NEC conference in 2017…we want to give you a five-year term as the member of the ANC so that you can be deployed to an even more strategic position in the Cabinet as a minister,” said the ANCYL.