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LotusFMSunday Tribune reports that Lotus FM boss Alvin Pillay returned to the helm as station manager on Wednesday.  SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu confirmed that Pillay had been reinstated following his suspension in December.  

“Mr Pillay, who has been on suspension, was found not guilty at his disciplinary hearing on charges relating to allegations of sexual harassment.  The disciplinary hearing was chaired by an external chairperson and all due processes were followed,” Mthembu indicated.  Pillay was believed to be among senior managers at the station who were implicated in the SABC commission of inquiry’s report into sexual harassment.  According to the report, “Lotus FM was run by men who regard the station as their fiefdom and the women their personal harem”.  The commission found that while the SABC had a strong policy on sexual harassment, those tasked with its implementation had not been vigilant.  There has, however, been mixed reaction to Pillay’s reinstatement.  One staff member said the reinstatement of Pillay was not joyous news:  “If it is true that he is reinstated, then I will have to do whatever I must for my personal security and peace of mind.”  Another said it was a joy to walk into the Lotus FM office and be greeted by Pillay.

  • Read the full original of Taschica Pillay’s report on this story at Sunday Tribune


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