Suspended SABC CEO threatens legal action if not reinstated

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 20, 2015

Suspended South African Broadcasting (SABC) CEO, Frans Matlala, has reportedly threatened to take legal if the public broadcaster does not withdraw his suspension by next week Tuesday.

Matlala, who was appointed in July as the embattled broadcaster’s ninth CEO in four years, was placed on suspension late Tuesday afternoon without a proper reason being given.

In a letter reportedly addressed to the SABC, Matlala’s laywer, Joe Mothib, said they are prepared to have the matter addressed before the high court if not resolved before the set day.

“Our client views your conduct to be unreasonable, unlawful and not in the best interest of the SABC,” News24 quoted him saying.

It has however been claimed that Matlala was assisting Treasury in carrying out an investigation into the commissioning of a R40-million studio for the recent Rugby World Cup, when instructed by SABC Chairperson, Obert Maguvhe, to refrain from seeking more details about the procurement.

Reports have since claimed that controversial SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, admitted that the tender was given to a production company without it being properly advertised.

Matlala has also alleged that his suspension was authorised by under-fire Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, and that he was given no time to make representation when served with the suspension letter.

 

Addition info from News24Wire