AS IT HAPPENED: SABC accepts resignation of James Aguma, charges dropped

2017-07-19 12:40

SABC interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama has briefed the media on the outcome following the recent resignation of suspended acting CEO James Aguma, amid his disciplinary hearing in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.

Follow News24 reporter Lizeka Tandwa on Twitter @lizTandwa for the latest updates on the briefing.
Acting SABC CEO James Aguma. (Pic: Gallo Images)

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Suspended SABC acting CEO James Aguma agrees to quit

Suspended SABC acting CEO James Aguma has until 13:00 on Wednesday to tender his resignation.

Chair of the hearings Taki Madima announced this during the fifth day of his disciplinary hearings in Sandton, north of Johannesburg on Wednesday.

19 Jul 13:01

ICYMI: SABC's Aguma in urgent Labour Court bid to challenge disciplinary hearing

Suspended SABC acting CEO James Aguma is to launch an urgent Labour Court application challenging the lawfulness of his disciplinary hearing.

Aguma faces charges of breaching his contract and frustrating his employer during the disciplinary hearings of axed COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

During Aguma's hearing on Tuesday, his lawyer Osborne Molatudi told chair Professor Taki Madima that they would approach the Labour Court.

Molatudi told Madima that his client had not been provided with the resolutions made by the interim board of its intention to suspend him and requested that the matter be set aside as it was not lawful.

19 Jul 13:01

ICYMI: SABC 'victimised' suspended CEO James Aguma - lawyer

Suspended SABC acting group CEO James Aguma’s request to set aside his disciplinary hearing was dismissed on Tuesday.

Aguma's attorney Osborne Molatudi argued that the SABC and its lawyer, Sandile July, had not furnished them with the necessary documents for the inquiry to continue.

Chairperson Taki Madima however ruled that the proceedings should continue and dismissed Molatudi's request as "vague" and a "fishing expedition".

He ruled that the SABC had to provide all documents that Aguma's lawyer had asked for within 30 minutes of his ruling. He said they were not important to the hearing, but should be available to anyone who asked for them.

19 Jul 13:01

ICYMI: Suspended SABC CEO James Aguma’s disciplinary hearing set to start

Disciplinary proceedings against suspended SABC acting group CEO James Aguma are set to start on Tuesday.

Aguma was suspended in May from the public broadcaster for allegedly lying to the interim board about Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing for misconduct over a fiery press conference in April. 

Aguma allegedly provided an affidavit in Motsoeneng's misconduct case that said that the board did not take a resolution to discipline Motsoeneng – yet he was believed to have attended the board meeting where the decision was taken.

He apparently supported the decision at the time. 

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