SABC disciplinary hearing against Molefe starts
THE long-awaited and much talked about disciplinary case against the SABC's group executive of news, Phil Molefe, is finally going ahead in Johannesburg today.
Molefe is facing two charges involving the alleged undermining of current CEO Lulama Mokhobo and leaking information to the press. Sources close to the parties say Molefe is denying both charges.
Central to both charges is the demand by Mokhobo that Molefe must provide her with or submit the daily news diary to her office. It is believed Molefe refused to accede to this demand as he felt it would undermine the broadcaster's editorial independence.
The hearing has been described as a "Titanic Battle" because Molefe had been acting CEO until Mokhobo's appointment.
Both parties have secured the services of senior legal counsel, with Molefe roping in former SABC CEO Dali Mpofu to represent him.
The case is widely seen as yet another test of the SABC's editorial independence with most media observers pointing out that the SABC's demand is tantamount to newspaper publishers demanding from editors that they submit their news diaries to their offices.
Molefe has been on "special leave" for almost three months.