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By Tebogo Monama | Mar 12, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE South African Broadcasting Corporation's commercial enterprise is allegedly in a shambles.

THE South African Broadcasting Corporation's commercial enterprise is allegedly in a shambles.

Since the suspension last month of its chief, Gab Mampone, three people have been appointed to act in the position, but none of them has lasted.

Mampone himself is aggrieved that his suspension has not been explained to him and no one at the SABC has told him how long he will be on suspension.

"To make matters worse, the acting CEs have been appointed and recalled by the CEO. The last person was appointed on March 8 and recalled the following day," a source said.

On February 26 the SABC board suspended Mampone "on the basis of information that appears to point to possible acts of serious misconduct by him, both in his current position and during his period as acting group chief executive between May 2008 and December 2009".

The board said Mampone's presence at the SABC would jeopardise investigations, but yesterday Mampone said no charges had been formulated against him.

Mampone lashed out at the SABC, saying that his suspension "was sudden, with no warning whatsoever ".

He said he received a letter two days before his suspension asking why he should not be suspended.

"I immediately realised the seriousness of this letter and requested, through my legal representatives, that more information be provided and that I be given time to make logical and rational submissions.

"I was not formally charged. Until then my lawyers and I cannot move. I don't know how long the investigation will take. It is absolutely unacceptable that I can be suspended without any prima facie evidence."

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said despite Mampone's request for an explanation, the board felt that he should be suspended.


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