The Rock in trouble

2015-04-30 16:14
DEFIANT: Thabang Mambalo, who was dismissed  as chief executive officer of the Lejweleputswa Community Radio Station, The Rock FM.
                                                                                    Photo: Teboho Setena

DEFIANT: Thabang Mambalo, who was dismissed as chief executive officer of the Lejweleputswa Community Radio Station, The Rock FM. Photo: Teboho Setena

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EMBATTLED Lejweleputswa Community radio station The Rock FM’s essential movable assets are set to go under the hammer through public auction on 15 April.

This is to recover part of the more than R100 000 the station owes to fired chief executive officer Thabang Mambalo.

The movable property was attached by the Welkom Sheriff following an application by Mambalo’s legal representative, Casper Kruger of Podbielski Incorporated in Welkom.

The assets were attached by the sheriff last month following the station management’s apparent failure to comply with an order by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to reinstate and reimburse Mambalo.

The dispute resolution body ruled in favour of Mambalo in 2013 after finding the radio’s board guilty of unfair dismissal.

The money in question is for backpay after the CCMA ruled in favour of Mambalo on 20 August 2013, finding The Rock FM’s board had unfairly dismissed him and ordering that he be reinstated as chief executive officer on 2 September 2013.

The station was ordered to pay Mambalo R29 616,60 calculated from 23 April when he was suspended from duty until August 2013 after the hearing.

Following the radio station’s failure to oblige, Mambalo instituted legal action against the beleaguered community radio station, resulting in the attachment of the movable assets which include a printer, office chairs, desk, LCD monitor, and a plasma television among others. The assets were attached after the station’s management failed to make payment in instalments to settle the more than R100 000 owed to Mambalo.

The radio station’s management had until January to comply with the order, however, it failed to do so. As a result, Mambalo’s legal representative applied to the labour court to summon the station.

“Justice to me may seem like injustice to others. I, however, do not take pride in what is unfolding, which may result in serious repercussions because of other persons who have no interest in the welfare of the station. I was pushed to the limit to take a legal route. I tried in vain to avoid the situation which is unfolding now,” says Mambalo.

) An advertisement for the auction appears in Vista, sister newspaper of Express Mangaung of 2 April

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