Judge Ashton Schippers said that "organs of state cannot ignore the Public Protector's remedial action".
The court ordered the SABC to start disciplinary proceedings againt Hlaudi Motsoeneng within 14 days and that the disciplinary hearing has to happen within 60 days.
In February the Public Protector's office released a scathing report, saying that Hlaudi Motsoeneng "should never have been appointed at the SABC", and implicating him in maladministration, governance and ethics breaches, that he was directly involved with getting everyone fired who testified during his disciplinary hearing, was involved in salary increases for himself and others which ballooned the SABC's salary bill by millions of rands.
The Public Protector also found that he lied about having a matric and made up symbols for a fake matric certificate he knew he couldn't produce - something Hlaudi Motsoeneng admitted to the Public Protector in a recorded interview.
Instead of suspending Hlaudi Motsoeneng and acting on the report, the SABC permanently appointed Hlaudi Motsoeneng in the position of COO in which he had been acting in.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) political party then launched a high court bid to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng's permanent SABC appointment set aside.
The SABC chairperson Ellen Zandile Tshabalala who had so far failed to produce proof of her tertiary qualifications she claims to have is also involved in a legal battle to prevent parliament from suspending her.
Instead of providing proof or answering questions before parliament's portfolio committee on communications after having been granted multiple extensions, Ellen Zandile Tshabalala this week decided to get an urgent court interdict to prevent the parliamentary inquiry from proceeding.