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sabcBusinessLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Chris Maroleng has asked the Labour Court to declare his axing from the public broadcaster invalid and unlawful.  

Maroleng’s tenure at the SABC ended abruptly in April, just more than a year after he took over from controversial predecessor Hlaudi Motsoeneng.  Maroleng argued in court papers filed at the Labour Court this week that he was denied his contractual right to appeal against his dismissal.  He wants the court to confirm his right to appeal in terms of the SABC’s disciplinary code and his employment contract, and to declare that the broadcaster’s refusal breached both the code and his contract.  He also wants the court to order his restoration as COO, pending the outcome of the appeals process.  Maroleng was axed after he was found guilty of three of four charges he faced at a disciplinary hearing.  He had pleaded not guilty to all of them.  He was found guilty of breaching his fiduciary duties as a result of a letter he wrote to the SA Rugby Union (Saru) in which he effectively tried to save former SABC acting group executive for sports Marcia Mahlalela’s job at the union.  Maroleng was also found guilty on a third charge of gross negligence relating to the secondment and payment of an allowance to Carmen Schneider, an HR employee at the broadcaster, reportedly to lead a management programme he had initiated.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Claudi Mailovich at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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