Former SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng has gone to court to challenge a five-year-old report by the Public Protector in his latest bid to force the SABC to release his R8m pension payout.

Motsoeneng is also attempting to stop the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU's) civil suit which seeks to recover R21m from him.

SowetanLIVE reports in court papers filed in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), Motsoeneng argues that the remedial actions by then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela were not meant to be used as evidence in a current civil claim by the SIU.

He also argued the SABC needed to test the findings of Madonsela's report in an internal disciplinary process which he claims the public broadcaster failed to institute.

Motsoeneng claims the adverse findings against him were neither binding nor ‘evidence that I was guilty, otherwise that would render superfluous the remedial action to subject me to a disciplinary process’.

He said that failure by the SABC to subject him to the disciplinary processes where the remedial actions would be ‘tested’ and the withholding of his pension estimated at between R8m and R9m, were unlawful.

‘I believe that a disciplinary hearing would have cleared me of all the charges. Had that happened, it would wipe out the factual basis of SABC and the SIU's vindictive civil claim(s) and its hold on my pension,’ Motsoeneng argued.

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