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Union slams Mokoetle for taking legal action

THE Communication Workers Union has condemned suspended SABC chief executive Solly Mokoetle for wanting to fight his suspension in court.

Thabo Mogalane, deputy general secretary, also slammed the Mkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) for threatening to take the SABC board to court over Mokoetle's suspension.

Mogalane told a press briefing in Johannesburg yesterday the union saw the allegations by the MKMVA as petty.

He said: "We don't understand why board members are called counter-revolutionary."

He said everyone supported the current board when they were voted in. Mogalane said they believed the reasonable thing for MKMVA to do was to call for cool heads and internal investigations to be conducted.

"We support the SABC board fully and wholeheartedly," he said.

The MKMVA issued a statement on Tuesday accusing the board of being counter-revolutionary.

The union responded to this: "We view these are reckless and irresponsible statements from these leaders. Theirs is a lone voice in our view that is out of sync with the rest of the right-thinking South Africans who do not require specialised spectacles to see the problem at the SABC is a lack of synergy between the board and executive."

CWU spokesperson Matankana Mothapo said: "We do not support people because they are our friends. We are objective. We are not running a stokvel."

Mogalane said that they saw no links between SABC in-fighting and ANC faction fights. He said all they saw was "non-adherence to what people committed themselves to do".

Mogalane also said the union fully supported the public servants strike and they are deploying their cadres to embark on a secondary strike.

"Gauteng is ready, we are waiting for the other provinces," he said.

They also warned Telkom to appoint a new chief executive before they too degenerate to be like the SABC.

Mogalane said: "We believe they (Telkom) had reasonable time to appoint a new chief executive. We are worried that the absence of a permanent chief executive for too long will bring Telkom into chaos - resembling that of the SABC."

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