Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng might be in serious trouble after a bid to halt a disciplinary hearing failed last night.

He is facing charges of bringing the SABC into disrepute when he spoke at a lengthy and bizarre press conference he convened last month.

At the press conference, he railed against the SABC board for planning to scrap his 90% local music policy.

The hearing, which was to have begun at 3pm yesterday, descended into four hours of deliberation about whether it should take place.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Motsoeneng’s employment by the SABC was irregular because he had lied to the corporation about his qualifications by fabricating matric exam symbols.

Hearing chairman Nazeem Cassim and the SABC has argued that the proceedings should go ahead because there is no basis for a postponement.

After hours of discussion, Cassim said the hearing should start – but both sides then asked for time to prepare. The hearing is now expected to begin at 11.30am today, provided that Motsoeneng does not come up with another legal challenge.