ANC supports court ruling against Motsoeneng, but belligerent Youth League backs Hlaudi

Divisions within the greater ANC are yet again boiling to the surface as the mother party supports the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling against former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment, but the Youth League wants him to remain in his position.


The ANC has said that the SABC, as with any other state institution, must abide by court rulings – the concern here is that anyone needs to make a point that folks should abide by the rule of law – and the party won’t allow the broadcaster to ignore the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling against ‘former’ COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The SCA last week upheld a ruling by the Cape High Court, whereby Motsoeneng’s appointment was set aside on account of him lying about his qualifications. The Public Protector in 2014 reported that Motsoeneng had lied about his qualifications when applying for the position, and that in just a year had bumped up his own salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the party stands by the rule of law, even after the SABC board has written to communications minister Faith Muthambi – who hired Motsoeneng in the first place and has been protecting him despite the Public Protector’s report and his mismanagement of the SABC – asking that Motsoeneng be reappointed as COO – a decision that would go against the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal – until December.

Kodwa told News24 that the Zuma had committed all state-owned enterprises to carrying out judicial orders and as such the ANC stands by the ruling against Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

“This is an opportunity for the SABC to close the chapter and on-going saga around the qualifications and appointment of Mr Motsoeneng,” Kodwa said.

In a spectacular reflection of the state of affairs within the ANC as a whole, the Youth League positioned itself as an opposition to the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal – and the greater ANC – by voicing its support for Motsoeneng, saying the SABC board should open the position of COO to Motsoeneng again.

“Whether there is matric or no matric, whatever you say, we want Hlaudi to be the COO of SABC,” ANCYL spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said.