Swazi TV Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bongani ‘ S ’ g c o k o s i y a nc a nc a ’ Dla mini has disputed claims leveled against him by former Acting Director Finance a nd Administrati on Mahawukela Simelane.
“Ngumhlolowami lo,” Dlamini said when he was i nformed about allegations made by Simelane t hat he ( Dlamini) made his life a living hell while at the TV station.
Clarif yi ng on t he i s s ue, Dlamini said he would be able to pay Simelane if he followed all the procedures for any person to get paid by t he s t ation.
“I pay money when all t he documents f oll ow t he ri ght procedure. That is only when I am able to pay one’s salary. If there are other things t hat were nonprocedural, I always insist that procedure is be followed,” Dlamini said.
The CEO then went on to add that once the right procedures have been followed it was then going to be determined if he was the one to pay Simelane’s salary. “A l ot of t hings were not procedural there was no I was going to be able to pay his salary,” Dlamini said.
He went on to dispute having interfered with Simelane’s case in courtstating that he had no power to delay the court case.
Dlamini said the affidavit he filed in court has all the information on t he i s s ue. He s ai d t here are documents which he requested Simelane to furnish him with but he failed to do so. He alleged t hat t he missing documents might also be the result of the court not being able to finalise Simelane’s payment issue. He insisted that he never interfered with court proceedings.
He then highlighted that he had no personal issues with Simelane as he only wanted i nstruments allowing him to pay Simelane’s salary.
According to the Swazi TV CEO, Simelane was supposed to be paid by g o v e r nment as he was on secondment. He went on to allege that t he problem arose when Simelane was demanding a substantive salary while Swazi TV was expected to top up his salary by 30per cent.
“Someone acting is someone deployed by government, so he/ she is e xpect e d to be pai d by g overnment,” Dlamini concluded.