Suspended former boss demands explanation from SABC

2010-03-11 14:31

FORMER SABC boss Gab Mampone has accused the public broadcaster of

refusing to provide him with details of his suspension.

In a statement Mampone released today, he said the SABC asked him

to give reasons he should not be suspended on February 24.

But Mampone insists the allegations were “vague, meaningless and


“I feel there’s no need for my suspension and I’m willing and able

to return to perform my duties immediately,” he said.

However, Mampone refused to reveal the information he wants, which

he said was yet to be handed to him and his lawyers despite four written


“I was shocked and aggrieved by this inhumane treatment due to the

apparent haste and suddenness of my suspension,” he said.

Mampone was acting chief executive for over a year before returning

to his position as commercial enterprises head when Solly Mokoetle was appointed

the public broadcaster’s boss in December.

City Press reported on February 21 that Mampone would be suspended,

amid denials by SABC board chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane.

The SABC issued a statement announcing Mampone’s suspension a few

days later on February 26.

At the time an SABC official, speaking on condition of anonymity,

said Mampone would be axed for allegedly failing to do his work.

But Mampone denied this, saying he had led the commercial

enterprises division successfully without fear or favour.

Mampone said he had raised allegations that Mokoetle told a City

Press reporter in 2008 that if he (Mokoetle) were to go back to the SABC,

Mampone would be fired.

Mokoetle was the SABC’s chief operating officer between 2001 and

December 2006, when he joined Telkom Media as chief content officer.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said Mampone’s suspension was to

allow investigations to continue.

“The board made it clear that it was in possession of documents

that indicated there was a need for the suspension,” he said.

Kganyago said the SABC would provide Mampone with the information

he has requested after the investigation is finalised.

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