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Motsoeneng far from done after losing SCA appeal - activist

It's highly unlikely that embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng will throw in the towel after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed his appeal bid not to have his permanent appointment set aside.

This is according to the SOS Coalition's Kate Skinner, who believes that Motsoeneng will relentlessly pursue other legal avenues, including an appeal to the Constitutional Court.

He won't win, but he will want to pursue other legal avenues. He'll want to go Constitutional Court... Even if he loses there, he might step down and re-apply. There are all kinds of other machinations .

Kate Skinner, coordinator at the SOS Coalition

Motsoeneng approached the SCA after the Western Cape High Court ruled that his appointment was irrational and unlawful in 2015.

The court has now dismissed his appeal with costs, on the grounds that there's no reasonable prospect of success.

Skinner says that Motsoeneng has continued to abuse the legal system without personally facing any financial repercussions, and needs to feel the pinch of legal costs to his pocket.

We need to get to the point where he has to pay for his legal fees. It doesn't hurt him because the SABC pays his legal fees and will obviously continue appealing.

Kate Skinner, coordinator at the SOS Coalition

The SCA said there is no prospect of another court coming to a different conclusion.

Listen to the full conversation from The John Maytham Show:


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