The newly installed South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) board has been tasked with the duty of dealing with two executives just a few days after being appointed.
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced the new SABC board to fill in vacant positions with immediate effect.
The new board members include erstwhile national consumer commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi – who will serve as deputy chair of the board – SA National Editors’ Forum founder member Mary Papayya, and academic and psychologist Saths Cooper. Other board members are Jasmina Patel, Marcia Socikwa, Bernedette Muthien, David Maimela and advocate Motshedi Benjamin Lekalakala.
Group Chief Operations Officer Chris Maroleng has been found guilty of three charges related to gross negligence and breaching fiduciary duties as a director after writing a recommendation letter for former employee Marcia Mahlalela who had left the institution under a cloud of suspicion.
Mahlalela resigned from the public broadcaster before facing a disciplinary hearing into the hiring of sportscaster Robert Marawa on a R5.5million three-year contract.
Maroleng, who took over the position from Hlaudi Motsoeneng, was also found guilty of approving a monthly acting allowance of just over R15000 for an employee despite a written human resources decision declining the allowance.
Meanwhile, Tshifiwa Mulaudzi, who heads the public broadcaster’s commercial enterprise, was suspended last week.
SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu said: “The recommendations will be handed over to the new SABC board who will be coming to office as they’re in charge of dealing with appointments.
“I don’t have information at hand in terms of how much time it will take for the new board to decide on the Maroleng matter. I can’t talk to the final details, but the recommendations will be handed to the board as soon as they officially start.”