The Johannesburg high court yesterday dismissed the first part of SABC chief executive Dali Mpofu's urgent application for a ruling that the corporation's board meeting, at which the decision to suspend him was taken, was invalid.
Yesterday's ruling meant Mpofu was lawfully suspended and the matter would now be put on the ordinary court roll.
Mpofu brought an urgent application on June 19, asking the court to declare unlawful the June 11 meeting in which he and two executive directors were asked to recuse themselves from the proceedings before the decision to suspend him was taken.
Judge Antonie Gildenhuys postponed the hearing on whether or not the board had the right to suspend him to August 5.
The other matter in which Mpofu sought to compel President Thabo Mbeki and Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri to "take the necessary steps towards the removal of the SABC board" was postponed to a date still to be determined.
Mpofu was first suspended in May, hours after he had suspended SABC head of news Snuki Zikalala for allegedly leaking confidential company documents to a third party. Zikalala has since been reinstated.
Mpofu told Sowetan that yesterday's ruling was not significant, though he admitted "it is a point to the 'dark forces'. I believe there is a deliberate plan to kick me out of the SABC."