Union supports suspension of SABC boss

2010-09-01 14:46

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) came out in support of the suspension of SABC group CEO Solly Mokoetle, claiming he has failed to “deliver a turnaround strategy”.

The union also called for a speedy resolution of the impasse in the public broadcaster’s board.

Speaking at a press briefing today, CWU deputy general secretary Thabo Mogalane said: “The suspension of the GCEO [group chief executive, Mokoetle] will, in our view, allow the board to get to the bottom of the matter and we hope that this will ultimately bring stability at the SABC, since developments have so far impacted negatively on our members.”

The SABC board last week suspended Mokoetle and appointed chief financial officer Robin Nicholson as acting CEO.

Mogalane called on “parliament to swiftly conclude its hearings into the governance crisis at the SABC”.

SOS: Support Public Broadcasting campaign ­co-ordiantor Kate Skinner said the impasse at the public broadcaster was negatively affecting viewers, independent producers and advertisers and needed to be resolved quickly.

She said: “Mokoetle has a contract and it must be established if he has fulfilled his contract. If he has, then he should be cleared but if he has not then he should not be in that position.”

CWU said it would join a secondary public sector strike should it be called upon to do so.

It also called on the Telkom board to appoint a new CEO without delay after Reuben September resigned as group CEO in July.

Mogalane said: “The Telkom Board has no justifiable reasons to take eight months to appoint a new CEO. We believe that they had reasonable time to appoint a new CEO. We are worried that the absence of a permanent CEO for too long will bring Telkom into chaos – resembling that of the SABC.”

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