Axed boss fights for his SABC comeback
Maroleng demands internal appeal process
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.”