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suspension AN act of revenge - Mpofu

By unknown | May 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

Suspended SABC group chief executive Dali Mpofu claims that he is a victim of an orchestrated vendetta.

"It is clear that this is some kind of revenge," he told Sowetan yesterday.

Mpofu was being interviewed as the SABC moved swiftly to appoint group executive of commercial enterprises Gab Mampone as acting group chief executive.

Mpofu has been suspended pending an investigation into claims that he refused to implement decisions of the board, according to a statement released by the board.

On Tuesday Mpofu suspended head of news and current affairs Snuki Zikalala, after the latter allegedly leaked sensitive information to the media.

SABC board chairman Khanyisiwe Mkhonza said: "We have appointed Mampone to oversee the running of the organisation in the meantime.

"We have been assured that Mampone will carry out his duties as expected.

"If there are meetings to be held, he will hold them.

"If there are events to be held, those events will happen and these developments will not set us back."

Mpofu said: "The suspension means nothing to me. I received the news this morning, so I'll just consider my options."

But he could not confirm whether he had been served with a letter suspending him.

"What is important to me is to build the SABC with integrity and credibility," Mpofu said.

The SABC board has suspended Mpofu with immediate effect after a lengthy meeting on Tuesday night, pending an investigation and possible disciplinary inquiry.

The announcement was made yesterday morning.

Though Mpofu's suspension came only hours after he suspended Zikalala, the board is however cagey about the reasons for Mpofu's suspension.

In a statement, the board said Mpofu's suspension followed "very serious allegations, including an alleged refusal and-or failure to implement decisions of the board".

Reportedly Mpofu refused the board's instructions to reinstate Zikalala.

"The board has resolved to conduct an investigation into very serious allegations about the chief executive's conduct," Mkhonza said in the statement.

"The allegations levelled at Mpofu include an alleged refusal and-or failure to abide and implement decisions of the board."

Mpofu has been suspended with full pay.

Mkhonza said Mpofu has been given written notice of his suspension.

Mkhonza said: "We intend to conclude this investigation within the next 30 days.

"In the meantime I would like to state categorically that at this stage no decision has been taken to terminate Mpofu's employment.

"We would like to assure the public that the day-to-day operations of the SABC will in no way be affected by this decision."

Mpofu denied that suspension of Zikalala suspension was related to the alleged leaking of sensitive information to the media.

He also denied that the action was related to reports regarding an internal SABC memorandum, alleging rifts between the board and Mpofu that was published in the Sunday Times at the weekend.


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