- Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been ordered to pay the SABC over R850 000 in legal fees
- The fees date back to his attempt to have the decision to set aside his appointment dismissed
- Motsoeneng has responded to the judgement claiming that the judiciary is still captured
Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the former Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the SABC has been ordered to pay back R850 000 in legal fees he accumulated while trying to set aside the decision to remove him as COO.
The SABC and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) approached the High Court to recover the costs of the legal action. The High Court ordered Motsoeneng to repay exactly R851 981.73.
However, Motsoeneng had more bad news, the court ordered him to pay back the money with interest as well as all the costs associated with the default judgement.
Motsoeneng time at the SABC was marred with controversy and has had a lasting effect on the state broadcaster.
"The High Court of South Africa: Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg has ruled against Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) on a matter relating to payment of his legal fees incurred by his former employer."
Motsoeneng has tweeted in response to the court order claiming that:
"The judiciary is still captured."
Social media users took to Twitter to share their reactions to the news:
"Anybody seen loudmouth Hlaudi Motsoeneng lately? I wonder if he’ll actually understand the implication of this court judgement?"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the SABC is struggling financially and to make matters worse one of its largest defaulters is the government.
The government owes a whopping R57 million to the SABC for TV licence fees and adverts.
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams revealed this during a parliamentary questions session with DA MP Phumzile van Damme.
Van Damme wanted to know exactly how much the government owed the broadcaster and how it plans on paying the money back.
In other news, The SABC has responded to a petition that has been circulating online regarding 7de Laan and its new programming slots.
7de Laan is one of the network's shows that has had its airing time slots limited. 7de Laan was moved from its usual airing of every weekday to a reduced number of only three days per week.
The petition circulating online is pushing against this decision and has fans campaigning for the show to remain in its usual slot, five days a week.
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