CONFIRMED: Motsoeneng found guilty at disciplinary hearing

File: Former SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been found guilty of bringing the broadcaster into disrepute. Photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Felix Dlangamandla

JOHANNESBURG – The lawyer for former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said he was unaware that his client had been found guilty during a disciplinary hearing on Monday morning.

The SABC is reporting that Motsoeneng was found guilty of all charges against him on Monday.

This was formally announced at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

Zola Majavu expressed shock at the decision and said they haven’t seen a copy of the disciplinary report.

Motsoeneng appeared before the hearing in Sandton on Friday over an unsanctioned news conference he held in April.

The broadcaster said the briefing was in direct contravention of the terms of his suspension and was a dismissable offence.

READ: "You will see Hlaudi rising" - Motsoeneng

During the conference, Motsoeneng lashed out at the SABC’s interim board members over plans to scrap his controversial 90 percent local music policy.

Chairperson of the hearing, Nazeem Cassim, reportedly found the news conference led to an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between Motsoeneng and the SABC.

Majavu had argued that Motsoeneng did not breach his employment contract by addressing the media conference, as he was speaking in his personal capacity.

In February, the Western Cape High Court dismissed the SABC’s application for leave to appeal against the court's previous order, that Motsoeneng should not be allowed to occupy any position at the public broadcaster.

READ: Hlaudi Motsoeneng appointment unlawful: judgment

This after his appointment was found to be invalid and unlawful, following the Public Protector's damning 2014 report on governance at the SABC.

Last month, the broadcaster’s interim board withdrew a decision to take the report on review.

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