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CCMA reinstates SABC's Zikalala

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

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

SABC news chief Snuki Zikalala's suspension has been lifted with "immediate effect", the broadcaster said yesterday.

"Zikalala's suspension has been lifted with immediate effect but he has been given two weeks' paid leave while the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) facilitates a fact-finding process," SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said.

Kganyago would not elaborate on the "fact-finding process".

"This is a CCMA issue, we shouldn't be talking about it."

The CCMA heard Zikalala's case yesterday. He had challenged his suspension from the broadcaster two months ago.

Zikalala was suspended by group chief executive Dali Mpofu on May 6 after allegations that he had leaked confidential company documents.

Mpofu was suspended a day later by the SABC board on allegations of misconduct.

His suspension was later declared unlawful and invalid by the Johannesburg high court.

This marked the start of a battle that saw Mpofu being suspended on two more occasions and being reinstated.

Zikalala refused to give details of the hearing or comment about his reinstatement.

"I can't comment. Please check with the CCMA and the SABC," Zikalala said.

Sapa reports that representatives of the CCMA, SABC and Zikalala will meet on July 21.

"They have gone away for two weeks to try and sort things out," said CCMA director Nerine Kahn told Sapa.


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