Friday, October 16, 2009

SABC Statement regarding Suspension of Executives

The following statement was released to all SABC staff today at 08H38:

SABC Media Statement

Board Suspends Four Executives

Johannesburg, 15 October 2009 -The SABC Interim Board has today suspended four members of the executive management, pending the outcome of internal disciplinary processes arising from investigations conducted by the Auditor General and other parties.

The four members who have been suspended are the Chief Financial Officer, Mr Robin Nicholson, the Group Executive: Content Enterprises, Mr Mvuzo Mbebe, the Head of Audience Services, Mr Anton Heunisand the Head of Group Procurement, Mr Mabela Satekge.

The Interim Board would like to stress that the suspension of the four senior executives does not in any way imply that any conclusions have been reached on whether or not there has been any wrong doing by any of the executives or other staff members. The Chairperson of the Interim Board Irene Charnley stated that the Interim Board is committed to ensuring that due process in relation to the disciplinary processes is followed.

“It is important that the integrity of the process is upheld and that the matters are handled fairly in order to protect both the Corporation’s interests and those of the individuals involved,” said the Chairperson Irene Charnley. “The process will therefore be adjudicated by independent and external parties.”

It must be noted that this is an internal matter, and the SABC does not wish to comment further on this at this stage in due deference to all parties concerned and to ensure that the reputations of all role players are preserved. The members who have been suspended are still members of the SABC staff and as such any queries on this matter should be directed to the SABC. At the appropriate time, the SABC will make further announcements in this regard.

Kaizer Kganyago
SABC Spokesperson
082 306 8888