Special Tribunal adjourns case against Hlaudi Motsoeneng, ex-SABC execs due to late filing
- The SABC and Special Investigating Unit had collectively instituted authorized proceedings to recuperate the cash paid to “music legends”.
- The SABC needs the tribunal to assessment and put aside the choice which was taken by Hlaudi Motsoeneng and 9 former executives.
- The 53 “music legends” acquired R50 000 every.
Proceedings within the case against former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and 9 former executives, during which the general public broadcaster seeks to recuperate R2.5 million paid to “music legends”, had to be adjourned as two of the respondents within the case filed their papers late.
The two respondents – former normal supervisor of economic Tshifhiwa Mulaudzi and former normal supervisor for operations Nompumelelo Phasha – solely filed their papers on Thursday morning.
Their authorized consultant, McGregor Kufa, informed the Special Tribunal his purchasers needed to proceed with the case however had monetary challenges.
He mentioned: “… litigation is expensive. They are out of pocket [and] they have been persistently pelted with litigation by the SABC.”
McGregor accused the general public broadcaster of “victimising” his purchasers.
Adv MacGregor, for Mulaudzi and Phasha, argues that his purchasers are out of funds and are being pelted with litigation by the SABC which they nonetheless want to undergo. It’s not solely the difficulty earlier than the Special Tribunal that they’re being known as to reply, he says.
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But Judge Lebogang Modiba, who was listening to the applying, mentioned the events got dates on which papers wanted to be filed.
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Modiba, nevertheless, granted Mulaudzi and Phasha’s utility for condonation.
She ordered the events to file excellent court docket papers by 31 August.
The SABC and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) had collectively instituted authorized proceedings with the tribunal to recuperate the cash paid to the “music legends”.
The broadcaster needs the tribunal to assessment and put aside the choice taken on 24 July 2016 by Motsoeneng and the executives to “unlawfully award about 53 musicians, identified as music legends, with an amount of R50 000 each”.
Motsoeneng is the primary respondent within the case.
Other respondents embrace former performing chief monetary officer Aubrey Raphela, former group government for sports activities Solly Motsweni, former group government for radio Leslie Ntloko, former group government for tv Nomsa Philiso, former group government for information and present affairs Simon Tebele, former government of company affairs Bessie Tugwana and former performing group CEO James Aguma.
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The SABC needs the tribunal to declare the choice “unlawful, invalid and to set aside”. It additionally needs it to order the respondents to repay the cash of their private capability.