Molefe still on special leave

2012-04-16 13:19

SABC head of news and current affairs Phil Molefe remained on

special leave pending the outcome of his meeting with the public broadcaster’s

chief executive Lulama Mokhobo.

“The meeting has not happened yet. I am not aware that there is a

meeting scheduled between them, but there is a board meeting today,” SABC

spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.

Last Tuesday, Kganyago confirmed that Molefe had been placed on

special leave pending the outcome of a meeting. He said at the time that he

would not comment on the reasons behind the move, which drew widespread reaction

from various groups.

On Wednesday, the ANC Youth League questioned the SABC’s decision,

claiming it was because Molefe had given embattled youth league president Julius

Malema too much air time, as reported by The Star newspaper.

“It is becoming clearer now that Mokhobo was appointed to pursue

factional agendas in the SABC, and not fulfil the public broadcasting mandate of

the SABC,” the youth league said.

On Thursday, Molefe denied that he was placed on leave because of

his alleged political allegiances.

“I wish to place it on record that I do not back any political side

or party across the political spectrum,” he said in a statement. “As a

professional, my role is to ensure that all sides of a story are reflected in

news output.”


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