1KZNTV: Mkhize is out, Fakazi is back in

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - NEWS - Or­rin Singh

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

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