1KZNTV: Mkhize is out, Fakazi is back in
DR Themba Fakazi was this week reinstated as chairperson of 1KZNTV following a controversial move to have him ousted from the station.
On Tuesday, Judge Graham Lopes of the Durban High Court ruled in favour of Fakazi following his unlawful suspension from community TV station last month.
Director of Zuma and Partners Incorporated, Xolani Zuma, who represented Fakazi in the case, said the board of 1KZNTV was served with court papers last week.
‘The papers requested that Dr Fakazi be reinstated as chairperson, that the current board must be interdicted from carrying on with its functions and that the meeting held by the board in which Mr Chris Mkhize was elected as chairperson, did not have the quorum to take any decisions, and any decisions taken in that meeting must be nullified.’
Zuma said during the case, 1KZNTV’s attorneys agreed to take an order by consent, following which a draft order was then prepared and submitted in court.
‘The draft order then became the order of the court which stated that Dr Fakazi be reinstated as chairperson of 1KZNTV with immediate effect and that a board meeting must be convened by the secretary in consultation with Dr Fakazi.
‘It further noted that all items that are urgent must be addressed within the next two weeks.
‘This includes the finalisation of the investigation in relation to our client,’ said Zuma.
The station last month issued a statement confirming the appointment of Chris Mkhize as its new chairperson.
This after brewing tensions at the station were made evident in a scathing email, sent from disgruntled staff members, which implicated Fakazi in a number of serious allegations pertaining to financial mismanagement, abuse of company resources as well as alleged sexual harassment.
Dr Themba Fakazi