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Change of direction in Mpofu's case

By unknown | Jul 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

In an about turn yesterday in the Johannesburg high court, lawyers for the SABC board wanted the judge to rule on whether or not Dali Mpofu should have gone to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to query his suspension.

Advocate Paul Pretorius submitted that the SABC's chief executive, Mpofu, should not have come to court; instead he should have gone to the CCMA.

"The matter is between the employer and the employee," he said.

He said Mpofu's reason for going to court was to argue his suspension.

Earlier, Mpofu's lawyer Michael Kuper told the court that Mpofu was "ordered out" of the meeting that discussed his suspension. "He was told to recuse himself before he made his presentation," said Kuper.

The affidavit by board chairman Khanyisile Mkhonza concedes that she asked Mpofu and his two subordinates to recuse themselves.

"I have, however, in the capacity of chairman in those meetings, at the appropriate time asked the applicant [Mpofu] and his two subordinates present at the meeting to recuse themselves from the deliberation that affected the applicant," the affidavit read.

Judge Antonie Gildenhuys wanted to know why Mpofu did not object when the chairman of the board asked him to recuse himself from the meeting.

Kuper said the conditions of the meeting made it impossible for Mpofu to stay and present his case.


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