Axed boss fights for his SABC come­back

Maroleng de­mands in­ter­nal ap­peal process

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FIRED SABC chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Chris Maroleng be­lieves the public broad­caster’s board chair­per­son, Bongu­musa Makhathini, short-changed him by in­sist­ing that he could not launch an in­ter­nal ap­peal against his dis­missal.

Maroleng wants the Labour Court to di­rect the SABC to al­low him to ap­peal his ax­ing in­ter­nally and re­in­state him to the plush job “pend­ing a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing such ap­peal”.

Maroleng launched an ap­pli­ca­tion against the SABC at the Labour Court in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day.

He ar­gued in the pa­pers that his dis­missal in April this year was un­law­ful and should there­fore be set aside. Maroleng was shown the door af­ter be­ing found guilty of three out of the four charges he faced.

He was found guilty of ap­prov­ing a monthly act­ing al­lowance of just over R15 000 for an em­ployee, Car­men Sch­nei­der, de­spite a writ­ten hu­man re­sources de­ci­sion to the con­trary.

He was also found guilty on two charges re­lat­ing to pro­tect­ing for­mer act­ing group ex­ec­u­tive for sport Mar­cia Mahlalela.

Mahlalela re­signed from the public broad­caster be­fore fac­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing into the hir­ing of sports­caster Robert Marawa on a R5.5 mil­lion three­year con­tract.

Mahlalela re­signed af­ter be­ing charged at the con­clu­sion of a two-week in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Maroleng was found not guilty for how he dealt with Mahlalela’s res­ig­na­tion.

Fol­low­ing his dis­missal, Maroleng told The Star he found the SABC’s de­ci­sion “too harsh”.

“I may have not fol­lowed pro­cesses to the T, or I may have demon­strated some sort of bad judg­ment, but the truth is that I never did any­thing that will

I did not act cor­ruptly to en­rich any­one, in­clud­ing my­self Chris Maroleng FOR­MER SABC COO

ul­ti­mately re­sult in the fi­nan­cial loss of the SABC,” he said in April.

“I did not de­fraud the SABC. I did not act cor­ruptly to en­rich any­one, in­clud­ing my­self, but ul­ti­mately here I am fired.”

The fa­ther of three chil­dren aged be­tween 13 and two is cur­rently job­less. He had held the job for a year when he was shown the door.

She said: “We have is­sued land­lords who own the 13 build­ings we are leas­ing on be­half of Gaut­eng Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment with the nec­es­sary com­pli­ance no­tices in or­der to im­prove on the Oc­cu­pa­tion Health and Safety of all em­ploy­ees in those build­ings.”

She con­firmed that the Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments would move to 17 Di­ag­o­nal Street and Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs to 30 Sim­monds Street, the old premier’s of­fice. Em­ploy­ees from the Depart­ment of In­fras­truc­ture would move back to Cor­ner House.

Mo­tara also said her depart­ment had ap­proved R2 bil­lion for the re­fur­bish­ment of 32 hos­pi­tals. Ear­lier this month, Gaut­eng health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku told the leg­is­la­ture that none of the hos­pi­tals in the prov­ince full com­ply with the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Act, with Bheki Mlan­geni in Soweto be­ing the worst. At the Far East Rand Hospi­tal there are no emer­gency exit routes or fire de­tec­tion sys­tems in most parts of the hospi­tal. Mamelodi Hospi­tal has a dys­func­tional ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem in the ac­ci­dent and emer­gency unit.

Mo­tara said: “It is not a one-siz­e­fits-all. Each hospi­tal has dif­fer­ent needs. Hos­pi­tals dif­fer due to their age and how they have been main­tained.

“The project plan will tell us the ex­tent of the plan, but the fa­cil­ity will not be closed.”

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