SABC boss quits

2011-01-19 13:23

Suspended SABC chief executive Solly Mokoetle has resigned from his R233 000-a-month job a few days after his disciplinary hearing started.
SABC board member Cedric Gina announced today that the public broadcaster had parted ways with Mokoetle.

Mokoetle’s resignation follows a board meeting earlier today.

“It’s a sad day for me that I had to accede to submitting my resignation,” Mokoetle said, adding that he was leaving with a heavy heart.

Mokoetle was suspended in August last year for alleged performance failure, failure to comply with the SABC’s articles of association and his contract, and allegedly making unauthorised staff appointments.

Mokoetle said his departure was not an easy decision but one he made in the best interests of the public broadcaster and its board, staff and the country.

Mokoetle promised that he would not be lost to broadcasting as this was the only thing he knew.

“I’ve been a broadcaster since the age of 18,” said the former Umkhonto we Sizwe operative.

Both Gina and Mokoetle refused to reveal the terms of the settlement, saying it was confidential.

But it is likely to be substantial as Mokoetle had only served one year of his five-year contract and earned R233 000 a month.

He started in January last year.

Mokoetle’s immediate predecessor, Dali Mpofu, was paid R14.1 million (including legal costs) to leave the SABC.

Today, Mokoetle said his relationship with the SABC board had collapsed.

“The hearing didn’t start (after being postponed on Monday) and there were irreconcilable differences with the board ...

“I’m exhausted I need to take time out. My family has suffered in the past six months,” Mokoetle said.

Mokoetle, also a former SABC chief operations officer and Telkom Media’s chief content officer, said “only God knows where I’m going” when asked about his next move.

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