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MK veterans want to sue SABC

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association is upset with the SABC board over the suspension of CE Solly Mokoetle

"We are going to lay charges against these board members with the relevant authorities... but we are also saying they must resign because they are corrupt," MKMVA chairman Kebby Maphatsoe asserted.

Maphatsoe alleged that a non-executive board member (whom he named) compelled the SABC management to hire a human resources consulting company that belongs to his personal friend, Justice Ndaba.

He said this person also insists that the SABC pays his telephone bills  every month despite being a non-permanent board member.

The MK man made further assertions that he said showed "the embezzlement that is rife in the SABC board".

Maphatsoe attributed Mokoetle's suspension to the board wanting to hide corruption.

Maphatsoe further charged that the move to suspend Mokoetle was political, due to the upcoming local government elections.

"The counter revolutionary want to take over the SABC board and make it political," he said.

The MKMVA plans march to Parliament next week to hand over a memorandum demanding the resignation of the board.

It further demands that Mokoetle be reinstated immediately.

Mokoetle was suspended last week from the position he took up eight months ago and he had indicated that he would challenge his removal and any disciplinary action taken against him.

Board members challenged Mokoetle on his appointment of Phil Molefe as head of news and his apparent failure to come up with a turnaround strategy for the cash-strapped national broadcaster.

Mokoetle, said Maphatsoe, was a long standing member of the MKMVA.


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