Mpofu to represent Molefe in SABC hearing
Former SABC CEO Dali Mpofu will represent head of news Phil Molefe during his disciplinary hearing.
JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News learnt on Thursday that former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) CEO Dali Mpofu will represent the corporation's suspended head of news Phil Molefe when his disciplinary hearing gets underway on Friday afternoon.
Molefe is accused of refusing to give current SABC boss Lulama Mokhobo a daily news diary, amid reports he was deeply unhappy he did not get her job.
Mpofu is well known for his legal skills and for his experience at the SABC, where he was able to negotiate a R14 million exit package.
Molefe could find that experience useful, particularly as Mokhobo is expected to testify in his case.
It was understood she will have to explain that she asked for a copy of the daily news diary, but Molefe refused to provide her with one.
Molefe is also accused of speaking to reporters about his unhappiness with Mokhobo's appointment, after it seemed he thought he would become CEO.
In April, Molefe was placed on special leave after he apparently defied senior executives' orders to tone down the exposure and airtime given to the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader at the time, Julius Malema.
Molefe supposedly refused to obey the orders given to him by both Mokhobo and the acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
Molefe had chosen to cover rallies that were addressed by Malema, one of which was the rally at the University of the Witwatersrand where Malema likened South African president, Jacob Zuma, to a dictator.